A resident called today to ask this question:
"Why is there a cafe included in the downtown library?"
According to the schematic design as it stands, there is a cafe seating area in the lobby of the expanded downtown library, to allow for comfortable seating where food and beverages can be enjoyed. However, due to space constraints, it is likely to be a vending operation, like the Peotone or Kankakee Libraries have, rather than a coffee shop or cafe. While it would be a nice amenity to offer coffee and snacks in the library, space is at a premium.
Besides, we have Gourmet Junction, Cathy's Sweet Creations, and Bella Bistro all within an easy walk from our downtown location. Plenty of coffee and snacks available nearby!