The Bensenville Community Public Library has been awarded a $125,000 Illinois State Library Live and Learn Construction Grant, funded by an annual state legislative appropriation. The grant assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities, and the Bensenville Library was one of only two libraries to receive the maximum grant amount of $125,000.
The Bensenville Library's project will build an 875 square foot early childhood programming room onto the existing youth services area to meet the expanding demand for early learning opportunities. This addition will free up space in the Library's community room for other library programs as well as community organization meetings and programs.
The new room also looks to enhance the Library's existing Garden of Knowledge by offering indoor/outdoor space for library programs such as the Thursdays in the Garden summer series, and for outdoor learning experiences for all ages. Construction will begin later this summer and should be completed by the winter.
"We are thrilled to be awarded a Live and Learn Construction Grant from the Secretary of State/State Librarian Jesse White. The funds will help us create a wonderful learning space for the preschool children in our community, and along with their parents and caregivers, will help us nurture their kindergarten readiness," said Bensenville Library Director Jill Rodriguez.
In the past the Library has used Live and Learn Construction Grants to build the Lifelong Learning Center with Bensenville Elementary School District 2 in 1999, and to remodel the bathrooms and bring the lobby up to accessibility codes in 2009.
For more information, contact Library Director Jill Rodriguez at (630) 766-4642.