Blackstone Public Library reopens after renovations

Recently repaired plaster and paint is seen on the ceiling of the book checkout area of the Blackstone Branch, Chicago Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., Tuesday, Oct. 17. Repairs and renovations at the library were recently completed and the branch is now completely open to the public. – Marc Monaghan

Staff Writer

The Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., reopened on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, after being temporarily closed for interior and exterior repairs.

Due to reports of cracks and leaks in the walls, the library was closed from Sept. 11, through Oct. 9, for interior repairs that included renovations for the children’s area, new flooring and new carpet.

New carpet was installed in three rooms in the building, including, the main adult reading room, small adult reading room, branch manager’s office and the children’s area. Also, several power outlets were added underneath the library’s reading tables in both the main and children’s areas. Other interior additions included updates to the staff kitchen area, repairs for the glass dome in the lobby, mosaic towel floor repairs, new flooring for the entire library and basement repairs, which consist of new tile replacement for one-room with window repairs.

Exterior upgrades included tuck pointing, roofing, foundation wall repairs and waterproofing.

Other areas of the library slated for repair are a work in progress, including the library’s circulation desk, which will be completed by the end of 2017.