- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Housing Authority is teaming up with the Chicago Public Library on three new developments pairing libraries with mixed-income housing.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the partnership Friday. He says the developments “will create spaces everyone can enjoy.” The mayor says he hopes they become the city’s “next great civic projects.”

Emanuel’s office says the mayor envisions the projects boasting bold architectural designs that will offer a break from the typical “cookie-cutter designs” common in government buildings.

The libraries will offer programming and resources to housing authority residents as well as area children and families, including early childhood learning spaces. Each library also will offer the “Teacher in a Library” program where kids can get free homework assistance.

There also will be computer classes and help for job seekers.

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