Genoa library receives $1.7 mil from donor's estate

Published: 8/27/2010 12:01 AM

GENOA -- The library in the northern Illinois city of Genoa is to receive a $1.7 million donation from the estate of a late resident.

The Genoa Public Library is to receive the money from the estate of Robert Weiss, who died at age 86 last October. Weiss never married, didn't have a car and lived a frugal life. Workers at the library say Weiss wasn't a regular patron.

Library officials say Weiss' money could pay for an expansion. The library is in a building built in 1895 that officials say is crowded. The building has housed a furniture store and grocery store.

Library clerk Jim Kline says the library is "bursting at the seams."