In East Moline, The Room for Books Has Doubled
East Moline now has a newer and larger library.
On Monday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Louis E. Woodworth Public Library.
Library Director Laura Long says a donation made the new library possible.
"TBK Bank reached out to the city with an opportunity to donate their former downtown branch building to the library to be used as a new library building."
The new library cost 7.3 million dollars. Long says there is also a reason for the new name.
" We renamed the library building in the Louis E. Woodworth Public Library Building as he was a major donor to our capital campaign."
The new library has double the square footage of the previous location across 16th Avenue in downtown East Moline. It now has enough room for study spaces, meeting and study rooms, and a laptops for use in the library.
The library already serves more than 100,000 people per year, and they expect that to increase by 25 percent.