With the completed renovation of the Livingston County Courthouse, the Pontiac Public Library will lose its county tenants by early next year, but the space may not be vacant for long, the library board learned Monday.
Layla Johnston, library director, said the Grundy-Livingston-Kankakee Workforce Board has contacted her about leasing space in Pontiac, once its current lease expires.
The west side of the second story of the library features three offices, a conference room and a smaller break room that the county is currently leasing. The county expects those offices to be moved back into the courthouse or other county buildings by late December/early January.
Board member Bruce Koerner noted that some re-insulation work on the second story would have to be completed after the county vacates the space and before new tenants move in there.
 Johnston also reported on a successful fine amnesty program recently held at the library.
Patrons who had overdue books or materials were urged to bring them into the library and instead of paying a fine, they were allowed to bring a canned food item instead.
“We did this for one week and we had very good results. We got a lot of materials back and collected a lot of food for the local pantries,’ Johnston said. “We also had people bring in food items that did not have any overdue materials.”
Johnston said although the amnesty week has ended, any additional food items brought in would be taken to the local food pantries.
The library board also learned that the state per capita grant for $12,235 and the Live and Learn grant for $3,000, which was used to make the front doors handicapped accessible, were received.
Johnston also noted that between 40 to 50 people attended the open house to honor longtime employees Sue Strauch and Levada Lee.