May 29, 2022

Pilot Project: New Chicago High School Will House Public Library

From the AP:

When the Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate School opens in 2013, it will house a full-service library that’ll be open to both students and members of the Back of the Yards community.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the new facility will become an anchor in a neighborhood that has been without a library for a year.

The library is a pilot project between Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Public Library. It will be open six days a week, feature early childhood reading programs and have both school librarians and public librarians.

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See Also: Library in new Back of the Yards H.S. to be open to public  (via Chicago Sun-Times)

The community library will have its own entrance, teen-only space and public reading garden. It will be open six days a week and 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 IB curriculum.

By pooling diminishing resources, CPS and City Hall will be able to offer “teen-focused collections and digital learning amenities,” officials said, and still operate a public library for all Back of the Yards residents, who lost their storefront library to flooding last year.

See Also: Full Text of Official News Release (w/ Comments by Mayor Rahm Emanuel)

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