Library sponsors summer meals; Happy Village renovations begin

Librarian Migdalia Jimenez is now among EVA visitors photographed against the flocked wallpaper soon to disappear from Happy Village.

Library Events

Working with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the West Town librarians are planning to serve children lunch during summer break, says librarians Stephanie Flinchbaugh. Volunteers will be needed to serve meals, intended to supplement school-year subsidized lunches.

Children also get free books in a summer learning challenge. The popular Teacher in the Library program is popular with the local Ecuadorian population.

The events calendar on the library's website includes dates for free movie screenings at 1625 W. Chicago Ave., says librarian Migdalia Jimenez says. Roots Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave., hosts a monthly Books & Brews book club.

The librarians have discussed scaffolding at the library entrance with Alderman-elect Daniel La Spata. EVA has been involved in past fundraising, which supported a teen section at the branch.

2nd Ward Repairs

Ald. Brian Hopkins compiling requests for street repairs, tree trimming and other services. Neal McKnight circulated a request form and will take leads on Facebook.

Planning, Preservation and Development

Andrew Miller is running the tavern under a management agreement while its sale is pending, with a plan of operation negotiated with EVA. Renovations have begun. The pingpong room will remain as an event space, but without some familiar elements. "If you want to discuss taking sections of wallpaper home," Miller said, "I just don't want it to disappear."

The lawyers and developer behind the Shake-It restaurant plan for 820 N. Damen have postponed their presentation to EVA and the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association till June.

In other announcements, Healthy Soil Compost will pick up food scraps and other waste, and EVA is asking for comments on summer street festivals.

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