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.