The public library of Sycamore, Illinois, home to the regional history collection of photographs, is an honest-to-Andrew Carnegie structure that doesn't stand up to the prairie zephyrs like it once could. "Wind gusts of 45 mph. Original windows installed 114 years ago. Turns out, the upstairs windows of the historical wing of the Sycamore Public Library were overmatched."
There might be some money in the Illinois state budget to help with repairs. There are opportunities for local residents and visitors to pitch in. "Coins for Carnegie Drive has been set up and that patrons can donate at the library." In addition, the prairie version of the bean supper is coming. "An all-you-can-eat BBQ dinner also is planned for 4 to 8 p.m. March 1 at the VFW, 121 S. California St., and proceeds will go toward the project, [library director Monica] Dombrowski said."