WICKER PARK — Roberto Clemente Community Academy is in the running to win a free renovation of its library — and the school’s library is asking neighbors for help getting over the finish line.
Clemente, 1147 N. Western Ave., is one of 10 finalists from around the United States for the Cloud Cuckoo Land Library Makeover contest, sponsored by nonprofit Heart of America.
The winning school’s library will receive new paint, furniture, books and a mural. Online voting in the competition is live, and participants can vote daily until Aug. 10. A winner will be selected by mid-August, according to the contest’s rules.
Clemente librarian Andie Townhouse said the repairs and new furniture are desperately needed at the high school, which sits on the border of Wicker Park and Humboldt Park. When she was hired last year, she was the school’s first librarian in 13 years, she said.