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Bloomington Public Library's Bookmobile saw little activity when it was stationed at Miller Park a few years ago.

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It didn’t take Tim Gleason long to see an inefficiency in the way the Bloomington City Council schedules meetings.

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The Bloomington Public Library expansion plan has been in the works for nearly two decades. But the most recent proposal has some, including Mayor Tari Renner, concerned about the timeline.

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Aldermen are reacting to a multi-phased expansion concept presented this week to the Bloomington Public Library Board of Trustees.

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Bloomington aldermen reiterated their preference Monday that the city’s library expand in its current location rather than move to a new home.

Libraries have been a staple for knowledge for thousands of years, but in Bloomington-Normal some schoolchildren have yet to take that first step—their very own library card.

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Three government bodies met jointly Tuesday night to nudge forward an ambitious plan to build a new library and transit center in downtown Bloomington, even as several officials noted a lack of public buy-in as one major hurdle to the effort.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said Tuesday he’s put a controversial joint meeting back on the calendar for next week, rejecting a push by some aldermen to forgo a deeper discussion on a proposed downtown library-transit project.

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The Bloomington City Council will talk about the controversial downtown catalyst project with the Bloomington Public Library and Connect Transit boards next month.

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The Bloomington Public Library will use a small increase in property taxes for future improvements.

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An associate dean of Illinois State University's Milner Library said his recent trip to the Gulf state of Qatar to help create that country's national library was an exciting adventure.

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For those of us who are too scared to skydive or not rich enough to buy a Corvette, there’s still one thing on life’s bucket list that’s well within reach—writing your own book.

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Looking for a big “catalyst” project to lure more people to downtown Bloomington, members of a city task force expressed support Tuesday for a plan to knock down an old parking garage and build a new library and public transit transfer center in its place.

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Normal Town Council candidates said they find the idea of combining the Bloomington and Normal public libraries an intriguing one.

At a GLT candidates forum held at ISU's University Galleries, candidate Chemberly Cummings embraced a question about merging library services rather than building a new library in Uptown South in Normal and an expansion in downtown Bloomington.

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About two thousand five hundred students in District 87 schools will be getting city public library cards.

Bloomington Library Director Jeanne Hamilton said sixty five percent of the student body already had cards.

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Jeanne Hamilton is a month into her new job as the Director of the Bloomington Public Library. Hamilton replaced Georgia Bouda who retired amid concern over a bookmobile program that did not serve the west side of town. Hamilton says it's going well with a great staff.

She tells GLT's Charlie Schlenker she is getting to know members of the community. Hamilton says there are no fires to put out, but instead goals to work toward.

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Bloomington's new public library director is a Springfield native and current head of the public library in Charleston. Jeanne Hamilton was the unanimous selection of library board members from among four finalists, according to board president Carol Koos.

Hamilton succeeds Georgia Bouda, who retired last year after nine years directing the library. Former McLean County Administrator Terry Lindberg has been serving as interim director since January.

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The Bloomington Public Library faces a number of challenges and opportunities, most of which will wait until a new director is found.