Fondulac Library temporarily closing September 1

By Mark Bullion

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 7:37 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- The Fondulac District Library in East Peoria is closing its doors for two months starting September 1.

The library's books, magazines and DVD's will soon have a new two story 32,000 square foot home.

"It's a huge undertaking. It's kind of like moving your house, but on a far greater scale," said Library Director Amy Falasz-Peterson.

During the transition, Fondulac library patrons still be able to check out material.

"We're part of the RAILS library system which means with your valid Fondulac District library card, you can go to any one of our local area libraries," said Peterson.

Greg Krause often brings his elderly aunt to the library. He said he is excited for the new reader's paradise.

"She's read just about everything. She gets 10 or 15 books at a time. We're constantly in here, so she's really looking forward to a bigger selection of books we can get," said Krause.

The new library will include a children's area, meeting rooms, 30,000 new books and more than 20 new computers.

Another new feature is a drive-thru service where residents can drop off books and pick up books that they have waiting on hold.

The new library was made possible through a referendum passed by East Peoria residents in April 2009.

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