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Atlanta Library Plans Restoration Project

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[August 17, 2019]   One of the important responsibilities of the Atlanta Library Board of Directors is preservation of the community’s historic Library building for future generations.

The Atlanta Public Library was built in 1908 and – thanks to the quality of its initial construction – has generally stood the test of time well. After 111 years, however, a much-needed restoration project will replace the current internal guttering system. Work includes replacing rotted framing, installing new gutter sheeting and copper gutters, new downspouts, as well as repainting existing wood soffits and dentil moldings. Because the Library building is both a National Historic Register property and a locally designated Atlanta Landmark, all work will be done according to landmark requirements.

The objectives of the preservation project are to protect the Atlanta Library Building from water and other weather damage, ensure the facility is attractive and welcoming to the public, and guarantee its long-term viability.

The Atlanta Public Library District is a service-driven community resource for learning, creativity, and engagement. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors by expanding their horizons, meeting their learning needs, and enhancing their interests in meaningful and entertaining ways. In addition to the basic library services provided, the District offers over 50 programs (mostly free) to adults and children that attract nearly 600 people annually.

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In 2018, the District was selected as one of seven organizations in the state to host an Illinois Turns 200 live podcast and was also chosen by the Smithsonian Institution as one of six sites in Illinois to host its new traveling exhibition, Crossroads: Change in Rural America. Because the community attracts many national and international visitors each year, the Library recently joined efforts with the Logan County Tourism Bureau and the communities of Elkhart and Mt. Pulaski, to create a network of Visitor Welcome Centers in each city to promote tourism throughout the County.

For more information about the Library’s gutter restoration project or the Atlanta Library in general contact Cathy Maciariello, Atlanta Library Director or Rachel Neisler, Atlanta Museum Director at 217-648-2112.

[Bll Thomas]

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