Update: It’s worth mentioning that placing a public library inside a school is not a ‘new’ idea.
1. The West Branch of the Aurora, IL. Public Library is located inside the Washington Middle School. Aurora is about approx. 40 miles west of Chicago.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he plans to duplicate across the city the cost-saving, library-within-a-school model that will make its debut at Chicago’s new Back of the Yards High School.
Chicago built 59 new libraries during the 22-year reign of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
“They [schools and libraries] have the same mission: to educate our children. It shouldn’t be in separate buildings. It should be in a single building,” the mayor said.
“So, here in the Back of the Yards, we’re embarking on not only a first, but on what will become copied and mimicked all across the city: putting neighborhood libraries in our schools because they serve the same community. They serve the same purpose.”
The new 8,000-square-foot library-within-a-school will be open six days a week. It will be staffed during school hours by city librarians working alongside a full-time CPS teacher-librarian responsible for ensuring that the library collection meets the needs of the rigorous IB curriculum.
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