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Rushville to build new library thanks to $1.2M state grant

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What's your local library like?

Many libraries across the tri-states are aging-- and in desperate need of upgrades.

For one local community, some major help is on the way.

Carnegie Library in Rushville, is 100 years old, and there's barely any room to move around.

And for rural communities like Rushville that don't have access to bigger city libraries-- replacing their current outdated and cramped library is a must.

Cathy Harrison brings her grandson Isaac to the Rushville Public library every week.

And says because of how small the library is combined with the lack of technology, the overall structure that is Carnegie Library doesn't make for a good learning environment.

"Well those stairs that come down to the children's library, are so steep they're not the average stairs, they're just kind of scary really," said Harrison.

Charlene Copeland, the The Director of the Rushville Library echoes Harrison's thoughts, and says the city has been trying to build a new library for over a decade, and says the building has numerous problems.

"We're in 100 year old Carnegie building that has little or no insulation in it, it's only 2400 square feet, the major part about the building is we're not handicap accessible," said Copeland.

Secretary of State Jesse White stopped by the library today to help remedy the library's problems-- by awarding a $1.2 million state construction grant to help build a new library, which will be 7, 000 square feet. Meaning it will be able to house more books and updated technology.

Something White says is important for the future of Rushville's youth.

"Children early on need to become better educated and informed early on. Because one day they are going to help with this great country of ours. It's important for adults and leaders to get behind that and make sure we give these young an opportunity to go be better educated," said White.

"I think we've needed this for a very long time, the community deserves it, and it's going to be in our backyard so we're really excited," said Harrison.

The new library will be located on the corner of Maple and Mason Streets in Rushville.

Copeland says the project is expected to get underway this summer and is projected to be completed by July 2014.

Secretary of State White also made a stop in Macomb Monday afternoon.

He awarded a five-thousand dollar "Back to Books" grant to Western Illinois University, which will be used for books for School of Nursing students

The Macomb Public Library received four-thousand dollars to buy graphic novels for teens and young adults.



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