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Bettendorf Library Renovations

Patrons are enjoying more space and convenience at a local library. Monday, city officials and others cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of renovations at the Bettendorf Public Library.
Director, Sue Mannix, says while the square footage of the library has not changed, it's easier to use.   
 
Mannix says the biggest improvement is the accessibility to different technologies. Wi-fi is available for all patrons, along with charging stations, to support individual devices. 
 
The 1.5 million dollar project began last summer. First, Mannix says a crew gutted the central third of the Bettendorf library, and opened an area previously used for storage.
Workers also built more study rooms with increased privacy and improved acoustics, plus a "living room."   
 
Computers have been moved from the back to an area near the information desk, where  people can ask for help.  She says a new "maker lab" has also been added for craft projects.

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.