The new executive director of the Rockford Public Library is just a week into the job, but she's already got a major project ahead of her.
Lynn Stainbrook previously led the Brown County Library in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There will be plenty of decisions to make in Rockford. The main library sits on the site of a former gas plant. Coal tar was stored underground. Over time, it seeped into the soil. ComEd is in charge of contamination removal.
But you can't just move a library without some planning.
Rockford Public Library Executive Director Frank Novak is leaving after nearly eight and a half years at the helm. According to a news release, Novak will assume the duties as the new Director for the Huntley Area Public Library District in Huntley, Illinois.
Novak’s last day with the library will be April 11, 2014.
Rockford Public Library officials are trying to decide how to work around a major environmental clean-up at the downtown branch.
Before it was Rockford's main library, the land was part of a gas plant. Coal tar was stored underground. Over time, it seeped into the soil. ComEd is in charge of contamination removal. Rockford Public Library Executive Director Frank Novak says the cost of clean-up is still unknown, but library officials are in the process of interviewing architects on how to operate during remediation.