Goldblatt's building library to be dedicated Saturday

Goldblatt's office building

The new West Town branch library opened Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 1625 W. Chicago.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Sept. 11. Mayor Daley, Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Manny Flores and Joe Moreno, Flores' successor as 1st Ward alderman, are scheduled to attend. Activities include folk tales at 2 p.m. and children's music at 3 p.m.

The branch is in the former Goldblatt's building, designated a city landmark in 1998 with the encouragement of the East Village Association and other civic groups.

Ald. Joe Moreno called EVA and other local community and business groups "instrumental" in relocating the library after closing five years ago at 1271 N. Milwaukee. The new branch combines two smaller storefront libraries, Midwest and Eckhart Park.

"This is great news for our community," the 1st Ward alderman said in a statement. "This library will be a resource for decades." The branch includes movies and music, according to a Chicago Public Library flier, as well as Spanish, Polish and Ukrainian language materials.

The West Town Senior Satellite Center and other city agencies also are located at the former Goldblatt's. The building was built between 1921 and 1928 as the first in the department-store chain founded by Maurice and Nathan Goldblatt.

Branch hours are 10 till 6 Monday & Wednesday, noon to 8 Tuesday & Thursday, and 9 to 5 Friday & Saturday. The schedule complements the Bucktown-Wicker Park branch, 1701 N. Milwaukee, which keeps its late hours on Monday and Wednesday.

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