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Salem helpers restock looted free libraries

Dec 27, 2013


By The Associated Press

SALEM — Someone has dishonored the spirit of two Little Free Libraries in Salem, taking most of the books instead of just one.

The Little Free Libraries are part of a movement originating a few years ago in Wisconsin.

The libraries are boxes that look like birdhouses on poles. People put them in the yard, stocked with books. Passers-by take a volume, replace it with another or return it. Some are homemade, others bought from the nonprofit sponsoring organization.

In Salem this month, one library was cleaned out, another stripped of most volumes, including the guest book where patrons make notes.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the shelves didn't remain empty for long. Volunteers offered more than enough to restock — four boxes of books showed up on one librarian's doorstep.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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