The Homer Township Public Library is a whole new library, ready to cater to all who enter.
About 400 patrons gathered to celebrate the revamped community asset on Sunday, Nov. 24, during its Grand Opening.
"The library is not that quiet place of the past but its just a community place and this event really showcased that," Executive Director Sheree Kozel-La Ha said.
The event included raffles, a silent auction, visits with Santa, live music from local band Fort Awesome, a balloon artist, a "Library Wheel of Fortune" and more. The Lockport Township High School Honor Guard and choral members performed as well.
The Grand Opening also afforded the opportunity to try out new areas of the building, such as the trendy teen room, complete with video games, and the children's all-new play area.
"Every area of the library was filled with people and so much laughter," Kozel-La Ha said.
The event also included speeches from Library Board President Dr. Ed O'Brien, Township Supervisor Pam Meyers, Mayor Jim Daley, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, State Rep. Jim Durkin, library trustees Mike Budde and Kitty Mitchell, and Kozel-La Ha herself.
"That was really a beautiful thing to have so many elected officials coming forward and talking personally about their experiences with libraries," Kozel-La Ha said.
Raffle items included a Kindle Fire, and the silent auction featured 25 donated items from local businesses. The silent auction raised $1,700, Kozel-La Ha said, which will go toward new adult books, likely bestsellers or teen books.
From the children to the elderly, Kozel-La Ha said all individuals left with a smile.
"It just was great to see such a diverse mix of the community there," she said.
And the library has plenty of reasons to continue to visit it, too, with upcoming events such as drop-in holiday crafts, storytimes and its winter reading program, which will begin in January. Kozel-La Ha said the library also plans to resume its Sunday hours in January, with plans to open from 4-8 p.m.