CHICAGO — All metropolis libraries are set to be open seven-days-a-week by the top of the year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned this week. Starting April 18, ten neighborhood library branches — Altgeld, Mt Greenwood, South Shore, Back of the Yards, Chinatown, Merlo, Edgewater, Independence, Richard M. Daley, and Austin— are set to open from 1 to five p.m. on Sundays.
Lightfoot first introduced the deliberate Sunday-hours enlargement in June 2019. The first 9 branches opened on Sundays in December 2019, along with the Harold Washington Library Center, and CPL’s three regional libraries—Sulzer, Legler, and Woodson Regional— that are open 68 hours per week, together with Sundays.
“The library’s core mission is to provide free and equitable access to ideas and knowledge, books, materials, inspiring spaces, and technology– things Chicagoans need and deserve every day—seven days a week,” Public Library Commissioner Chris Brown.
“Whether it’s this partnering with the Chicago Housing Authority to design and revitalize our libraries, the elimination of overdue fines, or reestablishing a West Side Regional Library in partnership with the mayor’s Invest South/West initiative, the Library is constantly seeking to remove barriers and bring comprehensive, equitable library services and learning opportunities to our communities.”
Lightfoot introduced the brand new spherical of expanded Sunday hours on the grand opening of latest, 14,164-square-foot library department, positioned at 955 E 131st St on Chicago’s Far South Side, is a $7.5 million project first introduced in 2016 that changed the earlier library throughout the Altgeld Gardens/Murray Homes neighborhood.
“As someone who is passionate about libraries and expanding opportunities for our young people to thrive, I am thrilled to formally celebrate the opening of the Altgeld branch, the expansion of Sunday hours and the opening of applications for One Summer Chicago,” Lightfoot mentioned.
“Taken together, these efforts will empower for residents of all ages to skill up, achieve upward mobility, and above all, chase after their dreams without being burdened by a lack of access to knowledge and resources.”
The new Altgeld Branch Library project marks the fourth collaboration lately between the CHA and CPL. In 2019, the Library and CHA opened three co-located buildings that mixed public library branches with reasonably priced and mixed-income housing in Chicago’s Little Italy, Northtown, and Independence neighborhoods.
The Altgeld Branch was constructed to serve the neighborhood of Altgeld Gardens and also will home a Centers for New Horizons childcare facility. In addition, the brand new constructing features a absolutely impartial YOUmedia teen house with a pupil recording studio, a Maker Lab for patrons of all ages, devoted early studying house for youngsters 5 years previous and underneath, and personal neighborhood and meeting rooms for collaborative use.
“These are important tools which help create new opportunities that enhance people’s lives and transform under-resourced neighborhoods into strong, sustainable communities,” Ald. Anthony Beale (ninth) mentioned. “Today’s announcements demonstrate what can be accomplished when the city and community encouraged by a shared commitment to improving a neighborhood’s quality of life work together.”