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Friends of the Brentwood Library makes donation towards library improvements

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The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Rd. in Brentwood.

Brentwood city commissioners unanimously approved to accept a $30,000 donation from Friends of the Brentwood Library Monday towards replacement of an aging movable electric wall that separates meeting rooms at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.

While the total cost of movable wall replacement is $48,000, Friends of the Brentwood Library, a nonprofit that supports the library, donated to help expedite the replacement now while in-person programming at the library has been suspended for the time being. 

“Friends of the Brentwood Library have stepped up and said, ‘Wouldn’t this be a good time for the city to go ahead and replace the removable wall and get it in place and hopefully not disrupt the resumption of programing activities in the meeting rooms?’” Assistant City Manager Jay Evans said. 

Friends of the Brentwood Library President Kathy Dooley-Smith explained the importance and versatility of the meeting rooms and knew it was an important donation to help the library continue to run properly.

“When we heard about this need, we just thought it was so critical that we went into our reserve, so we actually really do need community support with the pandemic and two canceled book sales,” she said. “We’re diving into our reserves to make the important repair happen. These meeting rooms are certainly a community hub.”

City Commissioner Nelson Andrews and other commissioners were pleased to see Friends of the Brentwood Library step up in a big way.

“That’s just fantastic,” Andrews said. “I appreciate the support in raising the money to benefit a great part of our city. Outstanding job.”

For those interested in becoming a member of Friends of the Brentwood Library, membership forms can be picked up at the circulation desk at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library. 

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Brentwood commissioners also welcomed and swore in Peter Spain, a new police officer, at Monday’s meeting. 

Spain joined the BPD in February and is a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. 

“We’re pleased to have Peter as an employee and welcome him to the Brentwood Police Department family,” Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said.

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