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Moline Library Buys Adjacent Land

Moline Public Library

The Moline Public Library has bought some adjacent property for possible future expansion. Last week, it announced the purchase of one acre along 41st Street.

Sue Blackall, a member of the Library Board of Trustees, says the cost was $260,000.

"When the library was designed, that whole south wall is made to be able to be expanded to open it up a little bit further. No major electrical and plumbing is in that wall so I think right from the get go there was always the impression of being able to expand the library in some degree."

When the Library was built in 2006, trustees set aside money to buy the adjacent property. The money was invested and once the land became available, the board had enough money to buy it without borrowing.

Blackall says possible uses include an outdoor garden for children, adding onto the children's department, a walking path, and a gazebo.

Trustees are now getting bids for asbestos abatement, then plan to demolish the house.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.