August 21, 2014

White issues $2.8 million for library renovation projects

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White visited three metro-east libraries Thursday to present $2.8 million in construction grants.

The presentation in Belleville was ceremonial as the library already received a $592,500 check as part of the Public Library Construction Grant Program, according to Library Director Leander Spearman.

White also visited the Six Mile Regional Library District in Granite City, which got about $2.2 million for major renovations, and the Marissa Public Library, which got $107,925.

The city of Belleville is contributing a total of $230,000 to the project, of which $197,500 is required to receive the matching grant. Private donations contribute $128,000 to the Belleville project.

Improvements to the main and branch libraries in Belleville are about 75 percent done and is expected to finish in September, Spearman said.

The main library, at 121 E. Washington St., saw tuckpointing, power-washing, restoration of the limestone and decorative molding and a new roof. The library also got a new main entrance, children's desk, circulation desks and shelves.

The downtown Belleville structure stills needs to be painted inside, get new carpet and rewiring.

Work is completed at the West Branch, at 3414 W. Main St., which got a fresh coat of paint and new carpet and wiring.

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