First steps taken toward new library -

First steps taken toward new library

In its slightly more than three years of existence, the Maryville Community

Library has outgrown its space.

Trustees are in the very early stages of a campaign to build a new library in

the village.

It was just three years ago that voters approved the creation of a Maryville

Community Library District and allowed for the formation of a library board

of trustees with the power to impose a library tax.

The library occupied a building belonging to the village of Maryville on

Schiber Court at one of the entrances to Drost Park. The village board agreed

to lease the building to the library for $600 a month. The building was

originally constructed as a residence, but library volunteers made it work.

At first, the library served as a demonstration project through the

assistance of the Lewis and Clark Library System which helped the library get

started with a grant to pay staff and purchase books.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White personally came to Maryville to

present the check for the grant. (White also serves as the state librarian.)

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