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New Lenox Library Adds New Snack Option

After a potential tenant backed out of its deal, the public library turned to a short-term solution before something before

New Lenox Library Adds New Snack Option

The  indeed is a place for study and research, but it's also a place that the board of trustees and director Kate Hall want to make comfortable for readers.

While several attempts at filling the front of the building with a café have failed, the library is still working to offer a spot where people can take a break from research or study without having to leave the building.

Last month, the Library Board of Trustees learned that the Bookworm Café would not be fulfilling its contract for the café space in the library. The board charged Hall to look at different options for the space.  A survey for community residents asked for input on what residents would like to see in the space. 

The library received more than 500 responses and the two most popular responses were to have a typical café or to partner with a local organization to have them run the café. At its Aug. 20 meeting, the board discussed the results. 

After determining that getting another tenant or working in partnership with an organization would take considerable time, the board voted to install vending machines in the space until a more permanent solution can be found. 

The vending machines will not cost the library anything, but will provide food and drink options for library users. 

Meanwhile, Hall will work on a more long-term solution that meets the needs of the community. In the survey, a number of residents offered to assist in finding a permanent solution for the space. Hall will be in contact with these residents and is grateful for their generosity.

“While the vending machines are not the ideal solution, they will provide some refreshment and a place for library users to have food until the library can come up with a permanent solution for the space," Hall said.

The machines will have a variety of pop, juice, water, snacks and candy.  The library hopes to have the machines installed and operational by mid-September. 

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