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Shhhhh! Library almost set to open

Bloomingdale's dreams for a public library soon will come true. Officials promise the $4.5-million library, scheduled to open next month at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., will be worth the community's long wait.

"I think they are going to be really pleased with it," said Marilyn Shynett, chief librarian for the county library system's east region.

Planners expect to have the finishing touches in place before a dedication ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 10. Librarians may open quietly earlier, if the facility is ready.

There's something for everyone in the 15,000-square-foot facility.

+ Library patrons will have at their disposal more than 50,000 books, magazines, DVDs and a music collection.

+ Young children can make noise in their own room stocked with age-appropriate resources.

+ History buffs can review documents in a genealogy room, which county planners included at the request of community groups.

+ The regional library also features a meeting room and a computer lab. Internet access throughout the building is wireless for laptop users.

Patrons need not fear long lines. The library will sport a self-service checkout for those who want speedy exits, although the technology won't be ready on opening day.

There will be a whirlwind of activity over the next few weeks. Last-minute details included unrolling carpet, installing shelves and arranging furniture.

Then the finishing touch: Three truck loads of books and materials are expected to arrive in mid January.

"That should go pretty easily," said David Wullschleger, operations manager for the library system.

Planning for the regional library began more than four years ago. In 2001, the site was selected close to Bloomingdale High on Bloomingdale Avenue.

For a sneak peak at the Bloomingdale facility, visit www.hcplc.org/hcplc/liblocales/bdl.

Letitia Stein can be reached at 661-2443 or lsteinsptimes.com.

Hours:

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday

To volunteer

Contact branch supervisor Julie Beamguard, who currently is stationed at the Riverview library. The phone number there is 671-7690.

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