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Bee Branch Library To Get $2.3 Million Upgrade Courtesy Of CHA, Mayor Says

By Sam Cholke | September 7, 2017 8:20am | Updated on September 8, 2017 11:53am
 The Bee library branch in Bronzeville at 36th and State Street is getting upgrades that will add two stories with new areas for a digital lab and meetings.
The Bee library branch in Bronzeville at 36th and State Street is getting upgrades that will add two stories with new areas for a digital lab and meetings.
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DOUGLAS — The Bee Branch Library’s updates are now expected to cost $2.32 million, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Office.

The upgrades, which include two new floors with a new digital youth media lab for teens and adults and a dedicated early childhood area, were announced in May, but Emanuel said Wednesday CHA will pay for them.

“Modern libraries are the core of communities throughout Chicago and critical for the education of our students,” Emanuel said. “This investment will modernize the Chicago Bee Library to better serve the Bronzeville community for generations to come.”

CHA will foot the $2.32 million bill to add 2,000 square feet to the current one-story library at 3647 S. State St.

Work is expected to start later this year.