Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 5:48 pm

River Valley Library plans expansion

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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com

The River Valley District Library board is expected to vote on an expansion plan Monday.

The three options being considered are an expansion at the current site, renovation of the former high school on Illinois 84 or new construction across from Dollar General on Illinois 84.

The public is encouraged to attend the 5:30 p.m. meeting at the library, 214 S. Main St., to give feedback and ask questions.

Library director Shelli Fehr said anyone who can't attend the meeting can call the library or submit something in writing on which option they prefer. Renderings of all three options are on display in the library.

Ms. Fehr said the next step is fundraising, and the board will solicit grants and private donations. Tax Increment Financing money also may be available from the village, she said.

Library board president Barb Brandt said taxes will not be raised to pay for a new library.

She said the library needs about three acres and a 22,000-square-feet building to accommodate parking and library space.

The current 6,000 square feet is not enough for a growing book collection, seating, computers and meeting space, Ms. Fehr said.

Cost estimates on the options will be provided by FEH Architecture before the vote, said Ms. Brandt, who declined to release the estimates.

Library board vice president Lawrence Bay said they are eager to get public input on the plans.