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Altgeld Youth Protest Lack of Library

by  , Youth reporter from Altgeld Gardens

Editor’s Note: The following article was written by a youth reporter who is a graduate of the Urban Youth International Journalism Program.

“We don’t have a library, we don’t have a school, so Mayor Daley what do you want us to do?”

This is the chant that 26 young, protesting residents of Altgeld Gardens housing development shouted at the Daley Center last winter.

The frustrated residents have been without a library now for over a year and counting. The library was an important resource to the community for various reasons such as researching information, looking for jobs, homework or just a place to surf the web. For most residents, the Altgeld Public Library was the only place to use a computer.

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