In the first case of actual vandalism, the Little Free Library at Northside Hills Apartments was intentionally damaged.
After being dedicated and installed on Friday, it was vandalized over the weekend.
“It is with great sadness that I report the first case of intentional vandalism surrounding one of our 11 Little Free Libraries of the Griffin-Spalding County community,” Bell said.
“Northside Hills Apartments Little Free Library’s Steward Da’Shundria Davis called me Monday morning to say how shocked she was to find that the Little Free Library had been knocked off its wooden pole, as well as missing its door plus the books,” Bell said. “Trust and believe, we will not be deterred by the ignorant actions of others in the continuing of this initiative. The Little Free Library is being repaired and once completed, will be placed inside the Northside Hills Apartment’s community center.”
Bell added the hours of operation at the community center are weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“The children will still have access to ‘take a book, leave a book.’ I expect there will be at minimum 15 Little Free Libraries by the end of 2017 of the Griffin/Spalding community, both indoors and outdoors,” he said.
Bell had mentioned vandalism at the dedication, asking the children to look out for the box, but also noting damage because of use was not vandalism, and he hoped this one would be used.
That is what happened to the one at Fairmont Homes, where the glass in the door came loose from use. It was quickly repaired and remains in service.
On the way to 15, there are two more Little Free Library dedications this month. There has been at least one a month since Bell and Spalding Collaborative began this effort in January.
The existing LIttle Free Library at Cowan Road Elementary School will be dedicated to the memory of Julie McLean Smith by the McLean family and the school at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22. The following week a ribbon-cutting is scheduled for one at City Park, sponsored by the Sun City Civitan Club, at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29.
For more information and locations of the Little Free Libraries around town, visit http://spalding.gafcp.org/little-free-library-initiative/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.