As the executive director of the 95th Street Business Association and on behalf of the members of the 95th Street Business Association and the vendors from the 95th Street Farmers Market, we offer congratulations to Arlene Gottardo on her retirement from the Chicago Public Library system.

Arlene has been a tremendous asset to the 95th Street community. As the children’s librarian for the Beverly branch library, she worked tirelessly to provide creative programming for the children of our community. She encouraged the kids to take the lead in writing puppet shows and coming up with performances that they loved creating. Arlene also orchestrated countless craft projects that often brightened the windows of our library showcasing the work of our young people.

Arlene was a huge attraction for children attending our local farmers market on 95th Street. She was a tireless volunteer showing up no matter the weather because she didn’t want to disappoint the kids. She encouraged many children to sign up for the summer reading program each summer. She also offered the most creative craft projects that kids could complete while their parents perused the market.

We strive to make the farmers market a destination for families to visit each Sunday during our season. A visit with Arlene was one of our most treasured stops for children visiting the market. Fortunately for us, Arlene plans to continue at the market as a volunteer. We are so happy that she enjoyed her time with us as much as we enjoyed having her!

We wish Arlene all of the best as she begins her next chapter. We are most grateful for all that she added to our community.

Erin Ross