Updated: April 24, 2014 6:16AM
The Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 5 p.m. March 24 to mark the official start of the library’s expansion project, according to a press release from the library.
The project will increase the size of the library by nearly 40 percent.
The design by the architectural firm Dewberry will be implemented by Gilbane Construction Co., according to the release.
Among local officials expected to be on hand are U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd; state Rep. Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields; state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills; and Secretary of State Jesse White, the release said.
The library will be adding two meeting rooms, two study rooms, a conference room, a teen area where they can hang out with their fiction collection, a space for early learning for young children and their caregivers, a faster, convenient setup for checking items out and returning them, improved accessibility to the building, a customer service desk with staff trained to help users navigate the library and easily access the many resources and services, easier access to nonprint items, and an increased number of parking spaces, according to the release.