(CBS) — A fire that destroyed several businesses along Irving Park Road last week also temporarily shut down a neighborhood library.
As WBBM’s Lisa Fielding reports, students and neighbors say they don’t want the library to reopen.
They want it rebuilt.
“We need a new library. We need a new library,” chanted dozens of elementary students who left their classrooms Friday afternoon to show their support for the Independence Public Library, 3528 W. Irving Park Road.
The library has been relocated several times in its 126-year history and has been housed in a small storefront since 1998. The Oct. 30 fire destroyed a drycleaners, an auto repair shop and several other businesses. The library suffered extensive smoke and water damage, though none of it is visible from the street.