Betty A. Barclay Dedication at the Edgewater Branch Library, Saturday, April 28th at 12 p.m.

You are invited to join your neighbors, Alderman Harry Osterman, representatives from the Chicago Public Library, Friends of the Edgewater Library and the Edgewater Glen Association for the dedication of the Betty A Barclay Room at the Edgewater Branch Library.

Where: Edgewater Branch Library of the Chicago Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway

When: Saturday, April 28th. Dedication begins at 12:00pm (refreshments will be served)

Betty was a lifelong volunteer in service to her Edgewater Community. She was a founding member of the Edgewater Community Council (ECC), Edgewater Glen Association (EGA) and Friends of the Edgewater Library. She served in many capacities, including as a long-time member of the ECC Board of Directors and corporate secretary, co-chair of the EGA garden walks and coordinator of the Friends’ book sales.

A supporter of public education, she served in leadership roles for the PTAs at the local and regional levels. She advocated for building a local Chicago Public Library branch for Edgewater that opened in 1973. Later she took up a long and persistent campaign for a larger branch for Edgewater that finally opened in 2013.

The Chicago Public Library honored her with its Volunteer of the Year award. She also was a member of the inaugural class of the “Living Treasurers of Edgewater” presented by the Edgewater Historical Society.

Remembering Betty…

When Betty moved to Edgewater Glen in 1959, the library was a converted bus loaded with books that would pull up and park at the corner of Thorndale and Broadway.  Seeing the need for something more, Betty lead the campaign to have the first permanent library building built in the Edgewater neighborhood.  After many years of effort, a new one was built at the corner of Elmdale and Broadway in the early 1970s.

In 1990 Betty became a charter member of Friends of the Edgewater Library and served as its long-time president. In that capacity, her accomplishments for the library and community were valuable and long-lasting.  For example, she was responsible for the hiring of a children’s librarian.

She was relentless in her support for the Edgewater Branch, meeting the district librarian on a regular basis, pressing for adequate staffing as well as other essentials.  Betty saw the need for a carpet and sofa in the Children’s area so youngsters could sit, read and play comfortably.

She raised the money for these amenities through annual book sales. Betty was the leader of these sales for many years, collecting books, setting them up for sale and publicizing the event to raise funds to purchase needed rugs, furniture, equipment, books and supplies.

She didn’t drive or have a car so she walked all over the Edgewater neighborhood from her home on Hood Avenue, persuading merchants to post flyers about the annual book sale. She continued to lead the annual fundraiser when she was long past retirement age.

For years the Edgewater Branch Library lead the city library system in circulation.  This prompted Betty to once again lead a campaign for a new, larger and more functional Edgewater Branch.  One of her last trips to the library was in 2013 when the new branch was dedicated.  During that ceremony, Betty was singled out for honors by Alderman Harry Osterman who lauded her life-long efforts in support of the Edgewater Branch Library and community.

Please join your neighbors in remembering Betty at noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Little Edgewater Library Crawl (April 8-14th)

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During the week of April 8-14th, library hosts will post their favorite book title in the window of their little libraries. Participants can download a booklet or pick one up at the Edgewater Library front desk or Alderman Osterman’s 48th Ward Office and collect as many book titles as you can from little libraries in the community. Return your booklet at the Edgewater Library during Edgewater Read’s National Library Week celebration party on Saturday, April 14th from 2-4 p.m for a chance to win cool prizes.

You can download the booklet here

National Library Week Activities in Edgewater

April 8-14
Little Edgewater Library Tour Challenge

April 11
Reading on the “L” 9-11 a.m.
Volunteers will be joining the late morning commute
passing out books on the redline.

April 13
Friday Fun Day 2-4 p.m.
Stop by the Edgewater Library to make a bookmark
with Edgewater Village and Chicago Methodist Senior

April 14
National Library Week Celebration 2-4 p.m.
Return your crawl booklet to the Edgewater Library
for a chance to win prizes, mingle with fellow little
library hosts and Edgewater reader. Bring a bag to fill
with books from their repository for your little library
and pick up new Edgewater Reads bookmarks.

Save the Date: The Edgewater Glen Spring Plant Swap Will Be Saturday, May 26th

The 2018 Spring Plant Swap will be held Sat. May 26 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, weather permitting, in the backyard at 1420 W. Glenlake.

This is a great time to divide & transplant perennials like hostas, ferns, ornamental grasses, or any other plants you’d like to share. Gardening paraphernalia is welcome too.

Even if you don’t have anything to share, come & meet your gardening neighbors. We usually have leftovers that need a home.

For more info contact Kim Kaulas at or 773-368-3949.

History of the Edgewater Glen Plant Swap

Inspired by the annual EGA Garden Walk with its ‘world of plants and the magic that they can bring to even the smallest of urban yards’ Norwood neighbor Tom Brennan organized our neighborhood’s first plant exchange that was held Sept. 21, 1991 in the park at Greenview & Elmdale. It was so enthusiastically received, that it was quickly expanded into a twice-a-year event, spring & fall, and moved to Tom’s plant-filled yard.

When Tom had to leave our neighborhood in the late 90s, Sue Green and Kim Kaulas continued this popular event in Sue’s backyard. Weather permitting, the Spring Plant Swap is usually held the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend & the Fall Plant Swap is a Saturday in mid-September.

It’s a chance for beginning-to-experienced gardeners to meet & share horticultural treasures, gardening paraphernalia, and socialize.