Join the EGA Board of Directors

The EGA is seeking engaged residents to join the 11 member EGA Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 year.

We have had a number of retirements this year and are hoping to fill the empty positions with new neighbors to reinvigorate the organization with fresh ideas and perspectives.

The time commitment is minimal, with the Board typically meeting for one hour the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm. If you would like to volunteer to help build community, improve our neighborhood and keep your neighborhood organization going strong into the future, we encourage you to volunteer!

You can apply by submitting your name in the form below. The EGA Board Member election is at the Garden Walk on July 8th.  Submissions are due by June 15th.

Note: To be eligible to run you must be an EGA area resident and paid EGA member. You can become a member or renew your $10.00 EGA membership online in the right-hand sidebar column.

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.