The public library in south suburban Robbins stands next to an abandoned house and across the street from another boarded-up home, a cool, quiet oasis in a village beset by poverty and unemployment.
But the William Leonard Public Library wasn’t as cool as usual Wednesday. Sometime late last week, a vandal or vandals climbed onto the building’s roof, pried open a commercial air conditioner and stripped it of its interior metal parts, leaving the building without air conditioning.
The library — which doubles as a cooling center during the summer — is still open. But its director, Priscilla Coatney, said it might have to close if it gets any warmer outside. And she said the library simply can’t afford to pay for a new air conditioner.
Robbins seethes after library’s air conditioner is gutted