By Jennifer Yos
LANSING, Ill. (May 25, 2021) – Exciting renovations have been ongoing downstairs in the Youth and Teen section of the Lansing Public Library since late November of 2020. Library Director Debbie Albrecht decided to postpone the library’s annual block party until next summer and turn the reopening of the Youth/Teen section of the library into a family-oriented open house event on Friday evening, June 4, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The regular library hours on the day of the event will be shortened from 12 pm to 5 pm.
A Lansing Library open house for all
“We just decided it would probably be better because I don’t want to do the block party halfway,” Albrecht explained. “So what we’re going to do, … we’re going to have a reopening celebration open house. We’ll welcome everyone back to the library, tell them what we did downstairs, and give people an opportunity to look around.”
Families will be invited to complete two scavenger hunts, one downstairs and one upstairs. “We figure families can do it together, and when they’re finished, they can get a prize —they’re going to get a book.” Families can receive two books, one for each completed scavenger hunt.
A vision realized
The entire downstairs Youth/Teen section will be officially reopened for public use the following Monday, June 7.
The renovations are the culmination of Albrecht’s vision for the library when she became library director in 2006. “That was my goal when I took this position — to completely remodel the library — and I will have done it. So I’m really happy about it.”
Albrecht will be retiring this year in October.
The new youth and teen section of the Lansing Library — in photos
The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue, Lansing, IL.
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