Neighbors celebrate rebuilding of Little Library

August 8, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Little Library Mercer Firs
On Thursday, July 29th, around 11:45 pm, a Little Library in the Mercer Firs neighborhood of Mercer Island was destroyed by an act of vandalism. Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang and seeing an older white suburban with noisy exhaust pipes speeding away from the neighborhood.

This was a fairly new Little Library, perhaps less than a year old.  The original is pictured above and was already popular among the kids in the neighborhood, including my own.

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The new Little Library, even better than before

While we didn’t see the damage, we did find that the library was replaced for a time with plastic crates filled with books and covered with a blue tarp.

In less than a week, a new Little Library, almost exactly the same as the first, but even better, replaced the first – rebuilt by neighborhood resident, Rex Berkshire.

Neighbors celebrated by sharing photos and notes of thanks on the online community forum, NextDoor. It’s a little tale of triumph, and we hope the vandals will stay away.

So, visit a Little Library near you – take a book, leave a book.  Our neighborhoods are better because of them.