November 19, 2020, Updated information on the Library Referendum

The election results have been canvassed and certified by the Lake County Clerk’s office and the Library referendum has passed. There was a great voter turnout and we are happy with the result. A statement about the referendum from the Board of Trustees will be published in the Library’s winter newsletter.

Photo: On November 19, 2020, Thomas Hausman, Board President, Jennifer Drinka, Library Director and Eveline Djokouri of the Lake County Clerk’s Office look on as Lake County Clerk Robin M. O’Connor canvasses and certifies the Abstract of Votes as recorded by the Elections Department of the Lake County Clerk’s office for the Proposition to Issue $9,600,000 Library Bonds.

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Update on Referendum– November 5, 2020, Updated information on the Library Referendum

Reimagine Your Library

On Tuesday, November 3, there will be a building bond referendum on the ballot to expand and remodel your Library. The Antioch Public Library District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place a question on the ballot to put the decision into our community’s hands. The Library will be turning 100 years old in 2021, and this will be the first time a referendum question has been submitted to the community for funds dedicated solely to a building project. The Board of Trustees and I would like to invite you to learn more about this project by visiting our website and attending a Community Information Session. To pique your interest, some of the topics we have been exploring include:

  • In response to the Summer 2017 Community Survey, Board and staff have been working with StudioGC Architecture to develop a sustainable plan to take the Library into the future.
  • The building project includes: expanded space for children, a dedicated teen room, more study rooms, a work area supporting small businesses and home-based workers, a studio space for hands-on projects, an enlarged and improved public meeting room, as well as a fireplace reading room and coffee area.
  • The cost to update existing infrastructure is approximately $1,600,000 of total project cost. Repairs and updates to the roof, HVAC system and other building systems are required even if the Library is not modernized.
  • The total project cost is $9,600,000, which would result in approximately an additional $50 per year in property taxes for a home with a market value of $200,000 (or $0.14 a day).

A Look To The Future

The project subject to the upcoming referendum is professionally designed to enhance the Library as a place of engagement and a cultural center for our community. With this in mind, we want to start looking forward together.

What changes could we expect?

  • Bigger and more functional spaces for children and teens to explore and engage
  • Designed to be a more welcoming experience with comfortable spaces, a fireplace and coffee bar for reading and gathering
  • A dedicated studio space for crafting, technology and hands-on learning
  • An inspiring environment for collaborative work, small group meetings and expanded small business support