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The Crystal Lake Public Library reopened Friday after it was evacuated and closed due to a bomb threat that was made toward the building Thursday.

The Crystal Lake Police Department was called Thursday afternoon to the Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 West Paddock Street.

The library announced around 3 p.m. that they would be closed for the remainder of the day “due to an unforeseen emergency.”

All patrons and staff were evacuated from the library due to a bomb threat, the library later said in a statement.

Officials said police quickly responded and began searching the building.

Officers determined there were no explosives in the building and it was safe to reopen.

The library said the building remained closed for the rest of the day Thursday. “We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause,” the statement said.

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The Loteria program scheduled for Thursday evening was canceled but is expected to be rescheduled.

The library reopened Friday morning following the incident.

The threat was the second bomb threat made towards the Crystal Lake Public Library in less than two months.

The first one occurred on July 24 and prompted the evacuation of the library while bomb-sniffing canines cleared the facility.

Dozens of libraries throughout the Chicagoland area have been targeted this summer by bomb threats.

Numerous bomb threats, which were all unfounded, were reported at libraries on Tuesday in Libertyville, Addison, Aurora, Chicago, Schaumburg, Evanston and other suburbs.

The FBI Chicago told Lake and McHenry County Scanner in August they could not confirm or deny whether they are involved in the investigations but said they take threats to the public “very seriously” and often work closely with local law enforcement.

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