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Dubuque opens newly renovated library

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's been more than two year since the Dubuque library began a $6.8 million renovation project. After receiving half the money from the city and fundraising the rest, Thursday marked the official opening of the new facility.

Dan Sullivan has been coming to the Carnegie Stout Library in Dubuque for more than 50 years.

"I used to come here when I was a little boy for story hour. We used to come down on Saturday's. Then I used to bring my children here, I had four daughter who used to come down," Sullivan said.

But for almost two years, coming to the library has read much like a mystery book.

"Occasionally you'd come down and everything would be moved to a different floor," Sullivan said.

That's because the library has been under a $6.8 million renovation, starting with the second floor mezzanine.

"Natural light is something that we are very proud of because it's the best for reading," Library Director Susan Henricks said.

Uncovering 15 windows, two sky lights and removing the false ceiling on second floor room, patrons can now sit on top of a glass floor, placed above several bookshelves and read.

"We actually have four reading rooms," Henricks said.

And that's another addition to the renovated library. Downstairs you'll find children, teen, DVD, and audio sections. Upstairs offers a different environment.

"You have permission to be vicarious in the first floor, it can be noisy and then on the second floor we have our non fiction, our reference, four reading rooms. ...it's a little more quiet," Henricks said.

The renovation of the library here in Dubuque not only offers more space for visitors but it's also putting a new perspective on reading.

"This is a great time rediscover the library because we have something for everyone," Henricks said.

Everyone, including Sullivan, who's only mystery now, will be found in the section on the second floor. Which is also located right next to the computers.

"The library is just a wonderful place to spend time," Sullivan said.

The library will be celebrating the renovation for the next few days. They schedule includes:

Thursday, September 16
4:00 P.M. Ribbon cutting
7:00 P.M. Author Dennis LeHane

Saturday, September 18
9:00 A.M. Live broadcast - Radio Dubuque
10:00 A.M. Author Richard Peck
1:00 P.M. A visit with Edgar Alan Poe
3:00 P.M. Jim Gill music play performance

Sunday, September 19
1:30 P.M. Author Gary Paulsen
3:00 P.M. Local author fair

Tickets are free and required for the author programs, but are limited. For more information please call (563) 589-4225 option 7.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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