5 June 2023
People holding a ribbon and cutting it

The Lisle Library District (LLD) was aglow from sunflowers and the LiteZilla on Saturday, April 22. After a year-long two-phased renovation, the Lisle Library District celebrated with a Grand Opening that attracted about 800 attendees, who enjoyed soft pretzels from Gnarly Knots and sunflower lollipops.

Sunflower growing kits were a hit and fit the theme of “Grow with us!”  One lucky family even won a children’s book basket valued at $175, which was donated by Penworthy Publishers.

Enthusiasm was electric and palpable as LLD Director Tatiana Weinstein and Board President Marjorie Bartelli both gave speeches before the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by Library Trustees, Village Trustees, Lisle Woman’s Club members, former Library employees, and more.

One former employee emphasized the overwhelming feeling of seeing such positive changes to the building and what it will provide for our community. Former trustees also reveled in the new space. The outlook was contagious as laughter and comradery spread through the building.  

Tours were given throughout the day of the accessible and functional new arrangement, which includes family bathrooms, a second elevator, a Youth Services entrance on the lower level, and more.

Every department has upgrades to make using the Library more convenient. The Circulation department now features an automatic materials handler and a Drive-Up Service Window.

The Youth Services department was filled with children reading and gleefully exploring the new playroom and the LiteZilla; a wall installation akin to a giant LiteBrite. Foam towers were built and destroyed with parents keeping a watchful eye in nearby seating.

All ages enjoyed the Teen Room and its dry erase tables attracted drawings, stories, and even math equations.

The popular Gallery 777 is back and features “Black and White to Color” by local artist Ellen Rottsolk. Patrons gathered in awe around the displayed pieces and can celebrate with the artist on Friday, May 5 at 7PM at the Gallery 777 Reception.

Attendees scoured the Adult Services collection, which is now on two levels; Fiction, AV, and Art Prints on the first floor, and Nonfiction and Periodicals on the second floor. Service desks are in both spaces, so a Librarian is never far. Library users have described the newly organized Adult Services department as bright and open, particularly the wall of windows by the periodicals.

The meeting rooms were filled with photos of the Library’s history and visuals from the renovation such as blueprints and layouts.

Community feedback was universally positive. Compliments ranged from the lighting to paint colors with the common sentiment being that the Library looks and feels larger while also feeling welcoming and cozy.

After years of planning, LLD staff and trustees are thrilled by the success of the renovation and the beaming smiles witnessed at the Grand Opening.

Today's guest blog post is by Joy Davis, MLIS, Marketing Specialist, Lisle Library District