Macomb Public Library

TSPR's Emily Boyer

The McDonough County YMCA is the site of a new "free little library." The shelves will house mostly children’s book.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

A free book rack at the Macomb Amtrak station has been providing reading material to travelers for 10 years.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Public and privately financed construction projects will change and improve the look of downtown Macomb.

Emily Boyer / TSPR

The Macomb Public Library and the Colchester District Library are receiving state funds for renovations and expansion.

Rich Egger

Now that its fundraising goal has been met, the Macomb Public Library needs to determine the timeline for its renovation and expansion project.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Public Library has just two weeks left to finish raising $794,025, which would allow it to secure a state grant worth $2.38 million.

Macomb Public Library Goal Within Reach

May 14, 2013
Rich Egger

The Macomb Public Library is inching closer to the local fundraising goal as part of the plan to build an addition to its Carnegie building.

Rich Egger

Friends of the Macomb Public Library District will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner followed by a presentation from author John Hallwas.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Public Library has raised half of the money it needs to qualify for a state grant, and is now being challenged by an anonymous donor to maintain the momentum.

Capital Campaign Co-Chair Judy Kerr said the donor will provide $25,000 if the library can raise the same amount between now and February 1.

“This two week period is a very short time to attempt this but I feel certain that we will reach that goal,” Kerr said.

Rich Egger

This week on Emphasis, Rich Egger’s guests are Macomb Public Library Director Dennis Danowski and Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Melissa Inman and Judy Kerr.

They talk about the campaign to raise $794,025 by June 30, 2013. If that goal is met, the state will provide the library with a $2.38 million grant.

The nearly $3.2 million total will be used to build a two-story addition that will almost double the library’s space.

Kerr said this follows the model established when the community’s Carnegie Library was built in 1904.

In The Tri States

Nov 4, 2012

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from October 2012. 

Monmouth was the only municipality to receive a grant from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, the public raised more questions about Iowa Fertilizer Company’s proposed plant in Lee County, and a state panel voted to proceed with the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center.

Rich Egger

Money from Andrew Carnegie helped build the Macomb Public Library building more than 100 years ago. Now the library board is asking you for money so the building might last another 100 years.

A fundraising effort called “Campaign for the Future” is being launched to build an addition. An old building was connected to the library years ago to provide more space but Board President George Wanamaker said it is insufficient.

World Book Night Comes to Macomb

Apr 23, 2012

Devotees of the written word will share their passion and free books April 23rd. It's the first World Book Night in the United States.

Macomb is one of 5,000 U.S. communities chosen to take part. The city's public library and New Copperfield's Book Store were selected as distributors. World Book Night is sponsored by a consortium of book publishers and authors who donate the books.

Linda Cox of New Copperfield's said “book givers” each have 20 books to give away.

World Book Night Comes to Macomb

Apr 23, 2012

Devotees of the written word will share their passion and free books April 23rd. It's the first World Book Night in the United States.

Macomb is one of 5,000 U.S. communities chosen to take part. The city's public library and New Copperfield's Book Store were selected as distributors. World Book Night is sponsored by a consortium of book publishers and authors who donate the books.

Linda Cox of New Copperfield's said “book givers” each have 20 books to give away.