SUGAR GROVE—Marissa Christensen has found a place that opens up her world.
This place is the Sugar Grove Public Library. Christensen, a 15-year-old Sugar Grove resident, likes to read mysteries and suspense stories.
“It’s just a place that I can escape my life,” she said. “And when I read it’s like I’m in a different place.”
Christensen’s love for the Sugar Grove Public Library has no doubt been shared by many others during the past five decades. The library last month celebrated 50 years of history in the community.
According to Sugar Grove Library Director Carol Dolin, the Sugar Grove Library opened in 1962 and collected tax revenue in 1963.
Dolin said celebration of the library’s milestone was held in July and was a “low key” affair. Attendees could feast on hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, drink coffee or a cool smoothie. Ac Rock, an acappella rock group, sang tunes during the party.
The library has had a few homes during its 50 years—one was on the second floor of the Sugar Grove Community House, and then on Snow Street before the library moved to its current building, located on Municipal Drive.
The library has seen changes in technology and offering more resources like CDs, DVDs, audio books, free downloadable songs and Sunday hours. Yet it still has the old school paper demand.
“When we compare our paper circulation and circulation of physical materials—DVDs, music CDs and books … paper books—they far exceed our circulation of electronics and music and magazines and magazine articles,” Dolin said.
The Sugar Grove Library’s Learning Lab also attracts a lot of residents.
“A lot of the people that are coming in are adult students, high school students and people coming in to check their email and that kind of thing,” Dolin said.
The Scudieri children—Nick, 7, Emily, 5, and Matt, 3, of Aurora—all pinpoint what they really like about the library. For them, it’s mostly about getting and reading books—from camping to princesses to a “Cars” movie character.
Denise Scudieri, their mom, appreciates the programs and resources the library provides for her and her family.
“It’s just nice to have a place to come to that helps me encourage my kids to build a love of reading,” she said.
Brad Linane, an Elburn father, has two boys who benefit from going to free movies at the library and watching DVDs like “Star Wars” and “Back to the Future.”
“It’s an unbelievable resource for finding whatever you need at no cost,” Linane said. “And educational for the kids. All of the free events and projects for the kids to do and everything keeps them busy and out of trouble.”