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Inside The Harold Washington Library's $6 Million Facelift

"Chicago's showcase Harold Washington Library is in line for a $6 million facelift - including a new roof, generators, heating and cooling systems - courtesy of tax increment financing," the Sun-Times reports.

"TIF funding for the library equivalent of a 100,000-mile checkup for the 26-year-old central library - and the same for the 30-year-old Sulzer Regional Library - is tucked away in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2014 budget."

Sources tell the Beachwood the tune-up will include:

* Card catalogs will be brought back to make the library compatible with the Cook County courts.

* The Dewey Decimal System will be replaced with the Dewey, Cheatem & Howe System.

* The library's popular new 3D lab will be retrofitted to print already filled-out election ballots.

* As ordered by Rahm Emanuel, the library's infamous gargoyles will be activated to collect overdue fines.

* Also as ordered by Rahm Emanuel, Joe Bookman will be the new head of security.

* The business/management books section will expand to a whole floor and become a TIF district; children's books will be shrunk to one shelf.

* Library cards by Ventra.

* Chicago Parking Meter monitors will now enforce browsing fees.

* Internet access will be limited to CityOfChicago.org.

* The South Hall will become a United Skylounge - members only.

* Kids programs will now be run by UNO.

* Books will eventually be eliminated.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on November 1, 2013


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