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Crystal Lake Public Library Videos

The videos listed below relate to the proposed new building that is on the November 8 ballot. You may also visit the Library's YouTube Channel to view additional Library videos.

2012 Library State Construction Grant Video - In April of 2012, the Library Board applied for a Library State Construction Grant. If the Library had received this grant, it would have financed up to 1/3 of the construction costs for a new building. Forty-nine Illinois Public libraries applied for the grant. A major criteria was economic need. The grant was not awarded. Crystal Lake Public Library was ranked 47/49. This video was filmed in 2012 to outline the problems the Library had at that time. The same problems remain today. This video is narrated by Terri Reece, Library Board President.

FOCUS Community Engagement Videos

In the spring of 2016, four Community Engagement Sessions were held to generate discussion related to the future of the Crystal Lake Public Library.  Each session included a different presentation followed by a workshop in which residents had the opportunity to share their views about different aspects of the future of the Library.

FOCUS Community Engagement Session #1: Why Today? Challenges for Tomorrow (March 10, 2016)
This is a link to an audio narration of the slide presentation given by Kathryn I. Martens, Library Director on March 10, 2016.

FOCUS Community Engagement Session #2a: Site Comparison Study (April 21, 2016)
FOCUS Community Engagement Session #2b: Are We Future Ready? (April 21, 2016)
There were two presentations given on April 21, 2016. The first, Session #2a, was presented by Kathryn I. Martens, Library Director. The second, Session #2b, was presented by Joe Huberty, Engberg Anderson Architects. Both links are to audio narrations of the original slide presentations presented on April 21, 2016.

FOCUS Community Engagement Session #3: Our Facility: Does Form Follow Function? (May 19, 2016)
This is a link to a live recording of the presentation given by Joe Huberty, Engberg Anderson Architects on May 19, 2016.

FOCUS Community Engagement Session#4: What About the Money? (June 9, 2016)
This is a link to a live recording of the presentation given by Joe Huberty, Engberg Anderson Architects, Carl Anderson, Chief Estimator Gilbane Building Company, and Andrew Kim of PMA Securities, Inc. on June 9, 2016.

Building Videos

The videos in this series parallel some of the Tour stops on the Library Tour and relate to many of the areas of Need, identified by residents of Crystal Lake during Community Engagement Session #2 (see above). We encourage you to come in to the Library to take the full Tour.


Ground Level Access
Drive-up book return
Floor-to-Floor Height
Reliable robust WiFi
Electrical outlet access
Automated materials check-in
Improved Heating and Air Conditioning
Larger Meeting Room
More meeting rooms

Thank You Videos

Click here to view a thank you message from members of the Crystal Lake Public Library Board and Staff following the November 8, 2016 Advisory Referendum.