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Macomb library in the works to add 10,000 sq./ft. to existing facility

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Macomb Public Library announced plans today for a new $3.2 million expansion.

It would mean adding more rooms, new technology and resources for kids.

"I was actually raised in Macomb, and so this is the library that I knew growing up, and then we moved away and came back," said Barbara Harroun, a frequent library visitor.

A lot has changed for Barbara Harroun, she now has a 4 year old son, but not much has changed with the library.

That's something library workers say is a huge problem.

"I've seen kids turned away because we don't have room for them to sit when there's a program going on," said Becky Parker.

The library is so short on space, a closet was turned into their audio book section, you can barely walk through the book aisles, and there are only four computers in the whole facility.

"We need lots of space, when we're working on things the library staff has no room to put together books and get them ready for circulation or work on circulation so we need room for that," said George Wanamaker, the Library Board President.

The new addition would include: a children's department, a multi-purpose room and a brand new computer room.

But the $3.2 million project isn't a go quite yet.

The library has to raise $794,000  by June 30th of next year, in order for the state to pick up the rest of the tab.

Harroun says she is looking forward to the new future for the old library.

"It means we will definitely be coming here like three times a week instead of just the once," said Harroun.

Wanamaker says the library is in desperate need of donations.

If you'd like to give, you can drop your donation off at the library at 235 South Lafayette Street, in Macomb, or mail it in.

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