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Chicago Street Journal February 28 - March 13, 2018 7

Re-Opening of The Woodson Library

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Obama Library

Mayor Rham Emmanuel join others in cutting the ribbion of theCarter G. Woodson Regional

Library on 95th and Halsted, during African American History Month.

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will serve as a cultural and information

center for Washington

Heights and all Chicago residents.

“The renovation of the historic

Woodson Regional Library in

Washington Heights is a major step

towards its future and a brighter

future for the city of Chicago,” said

Mayor Emanuel. “With passionate

community engagement, this

neighborhood anchor will maintain

its history and legacy while offering

patrons 21st century learning

opportunities, services and technology

that will benefit Chicagoans for

generations to come.”

The Woodson Regional Library

will now offer programs and services

that meet the needs of the

residents they serve. Interior renovations

included the construction of

two study rooms to conduct small

meetings and engage in workforce

development or for community

collaboration, and the reading areas

were reconfigured in areas with

natural light. Children and families

will have access a built-out Early

Learning Play Space, the Teacher

in the Library program and the

YOUmedia program, which provides

teens with access to technology,

resources, and classes that

inspire exploration, creativity and

learning. Traditional library programs,

such as book clubs for seniors,

intergenerational educational

and cultural programming and story

times and other programming for

kids and tweens will also be available.

“These renovations, thanks to the

support of our city and Secretary of

State Jesse White, ensure this community

has a dynamic, 21st century

library,” said Commissioner Brian

Bannon. “I’d also like to thank

Woodson Director Lynda Schoop

and the entire Woodson and Harsh

staff for their dedication to the

branch and community.”

Extensive renovations were

made to the interior and exterior

façade of the Woodson Regional

Library. Building improvements

include a renovated 180-seat auditorium

with new upholstery; new

energy-efficient and insulated roof,

exterior walls and windows; updated

guardrails and handrails on

the monumental stairway; additional

parking for people with disabilities;

and upgrades to flooring,

CSJ Photo by John Alexander

lighting and paint in lobby and the

Harsh Collection Reading Room.

“I have long envisioned what

Woodson Regional Library could

be for the community, and I am

proud that this vision has become a

reality,” said Illinois Secretary of

State Jesse White. “This was built

out of a resilient partnership between

the City of Chicago, the

Chicago Public Library and the

state, and will be well-served by the

community for many years.”

The branch was closed to the

public in November 2016, and was

renovated with capital grant funding

through Secretary of State Jesse

White and through city funds. The

Architect of Record is EXP and the

contractor for the façade replacement

is Ujaama.

The revitalization of a critical

neighborhood anchors like

Woodson is paramount for residents

on the south side of Chicago,”

said Alderman Howard B.

Brookins Jr., 21st Ward. “This is a

proud example of how city officials

come together with residents and

partners to work together toward a

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Lakeside Alliance team. John

W. Bonds, Jr. "I was born in Chicago,

in Englewood... I've been in

business for 31 years, but it's good

to see opportunity in the community

of this magnitude."

"What inspires me about the

South Side] is the change... What's

being built is going to impact the

community, and property values,

and those kind of things."

Ernest Brown, President of

Brown & Momen:"I live about

five blocks from the project site.

Within ¾ of a mile."

"Very rarely do you have an

owner that has the kind of goals

and focus that the Foundation has

for this project, so it makes it easy

for us to do our job."

"I'm exceptionally excited.

We've worked on large projects

before...but this is a whole different

approach... Being part of 44's legacy,

and building on his legacy is

unbelievable."

Although the Obama Foundation

has signed a private

agreement with its contractors

that guarantees minority hiring,

local activists say it doesn’t

provide enough public oversight

of the project or address the

issue of gentrification. It’s an

ongoing battle that activists

have taken all the way to Mayor

Rahm Emanuel’s office, and

that may have implications for

next year’s aldermanic elections.

The Obama Foundation

will donate up to $3.5 million to

the Chicago Park District to

cover the construction of the

field, the park district said in a

statement, adding that the park

district will be responsible for

design, construction, and maintenance.

The project is expected to be

completed by Fall 2018.

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