Here's what's happening at the Batavia Public Library
Jul 13, 2015 09:36AM
By Neighbors Magazines
Egghead was off the wall and all over the building and grounds during the Library site work this summer. Here Egghead oversees repairs in the Reading Garden.
Pow! Blam! Zap!The Youth Services department now boasts a special section for graphic novels. New shelving was installed in one of the window alcoves, as well as some tween friendly chairs and ottomans. The furniture, a sign, and 100 comics and graphic novels suitable for a number of young age groups were purchased using funds from an Illinois Public Library Per Capita Grant. The alcove is not hard to find—just look for the large “Graphic Novels” sign on the Library’s lower level.
Board election and officersDuring the May meeting of the Board of Library Trustees, three trustees began new terms of office. Richard Henders and incumbent Andrew Deitchman were elected to four-year terms in April. Tom Von Lunen was appointed by the Board to a two-year term to fill a vacancy. Doug Sullivan was elected president of the board; Diane Blodgett, vice president; Cara Schuster, secretary; and Tom Von Lunen, treasurer.
Batavia City Council meeting minutes from 1874 to 1969 have been digitized and now can be viewed online at BataviaHistory.org. The minutes from May 1915 to 1969 are searchable. Funding for this microfilm and digitization project was provided by the City of Batavia. To view the minutes, go to BataviaHistory.org > Local History > City of Batavia.
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PechaKucha 20x20 coming to Batavia
The Library has a new online resource called Gale Courses. The courses are six-week instructorled courses for adults on a huge variety of topics, including computers, business, design, language, writing, and personal development. The courses are free and only require a Batavia Public Library card to participate. To view the list of courses available, visit BataviaPublicLibrary.org > Research/Databases > Education > Gale Courses.
Under the Cupola
“Now under construction”
Contrary to popular perception, the building is no longer new. It opened 13½ years ago and construction began 15¹/³ years ago. As a result, much of the work now underway is simply standard maintenance. For example, the sidewalks settled awkwardly in several areas throughout the campus, which is a safety issue, so we are replacing those sections of sidewalk.
Further, the mortar joints in the cast-stone retaining walls were cracked in many places—just like what happens to a brick or stone house over time—so we are repointing those walls.
During the original construction, when costs were higher than anticipated, some less expensive materials were used that now need to be replaced. For example, the metalwork (railings, etc.), was made of steel, which rusts. We are replacing the steel metalwork with low maintenance, powder-coated aluminum metalwork.
Some materials did not perform as well over time as originally anticipated. For example, the wooden column covers at the main entrance split and had trouble holding paint, so we are replacing them with a durable fiberglass-based product, which will stand the test of time.
When the coping caps were removed from the walls, we discovered that not all the flashing (used to divert water away from the walls) was adequate to the task, which suggests that the work of the original contractor—now out of business—was below average in this instance. The caps are being reinstalled with state-of-the-art flashing, which will endure for years to come.
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