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Albany Park residents want input on library

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Albany Park residents concerned about lack of public input and interruption of services while a new branch library is built will hold a hearing Saturday, July 24, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Albany Park Library, Foster and Kimball.

Alderman Margaret Laurino (39th Ward) “made a closed-door decision to build a new library by destroying the present library and the affordable housing next door without holding an open community hearing to find out what library users and community people want,” charges a release from the Committee to Save and Improve the Albany Park Library.

The city has refused requests to establish a temporary library during the two-year construction period, instead offering a bookmobile and small outposts at scattered sites, according to the committee.

Participants at the hearing will vote on four options:  renovating the existing library building, renovation along with a two-story addition, building a new library with a temporary library in the neighborhood, or the alderman’s plan.

According to the committee, 600 residents have signed a statement calling for an open hearing on the library.