Chicago parents, community members and elected officials want the city to rebuild Independence Public Library in the Irving Park neighborhood after an extra-alarm fire damaged the library and destroyed several nearby businesses last Friday.
The fire impacted businesses and the library located in a retail center in the 3500 block of West Irving Park Road. The library has been closed indefinitely as a result of the fire.
Elected officials including state Reps. Jaime Andrade (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) as well as Chicago Alds. Deb Mell (33rd), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) and John Arena (45th) joined parents, students and community groups at a Friday morning press conference to call for the rebuilding of Independence Public Library, 3548 W Irving Park Road.
"Despite its lack of resources and small size, Independence Branch is the second most frequented of the library's 80 branches," reads a news release. "Its summer reading program participation is consistently No. 1 in the entire Chicago Public Library."