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Chicago Public Library Board of Directors met May 16.

By Ma. Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jul 20, 2017

Meeting 09

Chicago Public Library Board of Directors met May 16.

Here is the minutes provided by the Board:

Physically Present:

Linda Johnson Rice, Christopher Valenti, Lynn Lockwood, Barbara Bowman, Jodi Block, Dominique Jordan Turner

Present by Means of Video or Audio Conference:



Denise Gardner, Patricia Gaytan Perez

Approval of the minutes (action required)

The Board voted (6-0) to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2017 meeting.

CPL Capital Projects and Facilities Report (info only)

Rodney Freeman, Assistant Commissioner of Central Library Services provided an update on the progress of the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at HWLC. Andrea Telli, Assistant Commissioner of Neighborhood Services presented the Capital Building Projects and Facilities report on neighborhood libraries.

Projects Under Construction

Thomas Hughes Children’s Library – Scope: completion of design, bidding and delivery of construction for the 24,620 sq. ft. Thomas Hughes Children’s Library with upgrades to technology infrastructure. Current activity: (no changes) images were presented on the current status of the THCL. As a reminder, the library closed to the public on November 5, 2016 with construction beginning on December 1st. The library is estimated to be complete by April 28th and open to the public in Summer 2017. Materials and branch staff which included three staff groups (STEAM Team, Citywide Children Services and the HWLC Children Services department) will begin to move into the space in early May.

Woodson – Construction Update: Contractor – Ujamaa Construction

Scope: new terra cotta façade with metal panels in the rear of the building with matching color; new energy efficient and insulated windows, exterior doors and entrance with automatic push pads for accessibility; new curtain wall which will bring natural daylighting into lobby and 2nd floor; film with digital images applied on glass on south and southeast elevations; new energy efficient and insulated roof; new modern interior and exterior security cameras; renovation and modification to the lobby and monumental stairway; construction of two new 2nd floor study rooms.

Current activity: roof work continues; exterior wall framing and fire proofing at the north and south facades continues; drywall installation is almost complete at the west façade; metal panel installation is complete at the east façade; small detailing components at the windows and roof remain.

Major Maintenance and Repair Projects

Sulzer – (no changes) Phase 1: exterior work is substantially complete. Phase 2: Scope – New BAS system to help control and balance temperatures in the building; interior improvements are pending funding and are being priced to include a reconfigured circulation desk, new flooring, drywall repairs, paint, lighting upgrades, staff lounge upgrade and upgrades to the community room and auditorium.

Legler – Complete: interior repairs and improvements to the children’s area for Early Learning including plaster repair and paint, new carpet “crawl through” bookshelf, and new flooring; talk tube installation is scheduled for May 22. Upgrade toilet rooms for ADA compliance and LED lighting in atrium lay light are pending funding.

Mabel Manning – Scope: interior renovations include build out of Early Learning Area, fire alarm replacement, ceiling tile replacement and new kitchenette millwork and plumbing. Current and upcoming activity: installation of six exterior and two interior windows in the community room to allow for daylighting into the building; work began May 11 and will continue until June 9.

North Austin – (no changes) Scope: interior upgrades include electrical power and lighting in public areas, door repairs and replacement, window seals, tuck-pointing and repairs/refresh of the circulation desk. Current and upcoming activity: pricing is under review; construction is estimated to begin in early June.

Blackstone – Scope: preliminary scope will include full tuck-pointing and repair of the masonry on the exterior of the building; roofing and window repairs, repairs to water damaged areas; HVAC upgrades; new flooring and reconfiguration/upgrade of the circulation desk. Current and upcoming activity: pricing has been approved and the contractor is preparing a logistics plan and schedule for 2FM and CPL’s review. Work to begin in June.

Chicago Bee – Scope (pending funding): expansion of current landmark building; envelope repairs; new mechanical systems and BAS for HVAC; controlled lighting; early learning center; YOUmedia Digital Lab; upgrades to the fire alarm system, technology infrastructure, circulation desk, community room, restrooms, flooring and paint.

Kelly – Scope: tuck-pointing, repairs to stone entry stairs, minor landscaping, window repairs, mechanical and fire alarm upgrades; restroom upgrades; build out of an Early Learning Area and a YOUmedia space for teens; new flooring and paint throughout; upgrades to the circulation desk and additional power/data connections. Current activity: contractors are preparing final package; construction start estimated for end of June 2017.

Austin – Scope: complete roof and skylight replacement. Current activity: contractors are preparing contracts, shop drawings, schedule and logistics; goal is to begin work as soon as possible.

Projects In Planning

Early Learning Spaces – Early Learning spaces have been completed at the West Englewood, Little Village, West Pullman and Legler and Budlong Woods branches; early learning spaces at Lozano, Austin-Irving and Toman branches are in progress for Q2 completion; for Q3, early learning spaces at Sulzer and South Chicago branches are in planning; planning is in place for early learning spaces at Thurgood Marshall, Woodson, Sherman Park and Kelly branches to be completed in Q4.

Whitney Young – Scope: Renovation and addition to the existing 10,400 sq. ft. library. Current activity: anticipate closing the branch in 4Q with fall groundbreaking.

CPL-CHA Partnership – (no changes) Reminder: new libraries are being built for the Altgeld, Northtown, Roosevelt and Independence branches. Current Activity: the design firms selected for each branch include Perkins + Will for Northtown, John Ronan Architects for Independence and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Roosevelt. CHA will select the design firm for Altgeld, site to be confirmed at the next CHA Board meeting. Estimated completion date for all 4 branches is Dec 2018.

Commissioner’s Report (info only)

Commissioner Bannon highlighted the following in the Commissioner’s report on the following:

CPL selected Julie Morgan as the new Director of Staff and Organization Development this week.

A new library is in planning that will serve the West Loop community; in partnership with the Obama Presidential Center, conversations are ongoing for a new library in the Hyde Park community; CPL will also receive funding for improvements to the Chicago Bee branch located in Bronzeville.

This year’s All Staff Institute Day (ASID) took place on Thursday, May 11th at HWLC where all CPL staff participated in a day of learning, training and networking. All Chicago Public Library locations were closed to the public.

The Harold Washington: Fairer Than Fair exhibit is on display in the Congress Corridor on the ground floor of Harold Washington Library Center.

CPL hosted STEAM Powered Saturday on Sat, May 13th at HWLC where children ages 3-11 celebrated the power of STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

The 2017 Cindy Pritzker Lecture and Dinner is confirmed for 6 p.m. on Mon, September 25th at the Harold Washington Library Center in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. This year’s guest speaker will be David Simas, CEO of the Obama Presidential Foundation.

Highlighted events that occurred in May include:

Working in America Lunch Discussion with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Mon, May 8th

Mayor Harold Washington Commemorative Keynote Program: Valerie Jarrett in Conversation with Dr. Adam Green on Mon, May 15th

Author and Historian David McCullough read from and discussed his new book, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For on Tues, May 16th

Working in America Lunch Discussion with Arne Duncan, Managing Partner at Emerson Collective and Former Secretary of Education on Wed, May 17th

and lastly the 2016-2017 One Book, One Chicago season wraps up on Thurs, May 18th, with a very special appearance by Barbara Kingsolver, author of “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”. The 2017-2018 season of One Book, One Chicago will be announced in the fall, and kicks off October 1st.

Chicago Public Library Foundation Report (info only)

Rhona Frazin, President and CEO of the Chicago Public Library Foundation provided the Foundation report and emphasized the following:

CPLF has covered the entire $900,000+ cost of YOUmedia programming with significant new funding from very generous corporate and foundation donors

additional support of $25,000 from RR Donnelley and $20,000 from Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation has been directed to the Summer Learning Challenge

STEM programming at the Library is getting a huge boost with a $344,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create professional development programming for children and youth librarians

a $50,000 grant was received for Science Connections from People’s Gas

the Junior Board’s Night in the Stacks event in late March raised a record-breaking gross total of $180,000 in cash and in-kind gifts

CPLF is in deep planning for this year’s Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on October 11th at the UIC Forum; this year we will honor Margaret Atwood and Dave Eggers, both prize winning authors of fiction and non-fiction

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