ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man’s birthday gift for his wife, a ‘Little Free Library,’ is gone, and neighbors are angry.
It’s a cool concept; leave a book, and take a book for free from the smallest public libraries around the country.
“I think it’s a great concept,” said Trent Toulouse. “I used to be a teacher and so, anytime you can get kids or people in general to read, it’s really a good thing,” said William Bendaw.
It’s the reason a community in northeast Albuquerque can’t wrap their head around why someone would steal their neighbor’s Little Free Library straight from their front yard.
“It’s just ridiculous, I have no idea why,” Ben Davis explained. “It has no value, other than the value to the neighborhood and to the community.” He bought the custom stucco little library for his wife’s 40th birthday.
With Altura park across the street, the library was a hit. “Oh they loved it I mean everyone said something about it, immediately it filled with books, immediately people were using it,” Davis told KRQE News 13.
Unfortunately, the Davis’ Little Free Library wasn’t in their front yard for long. “It was just screwed onto the top of this, and someone either hit it with a bat and took it off ,or just ripped it off,” Davis said.
All that’s left is an empty wooden post. “It’s kind of sad actually,” said Bendaw. “I really can’t understand it.”
“I think it’s pretty rude, you know it’s unfair,” said Austin White.
“It’s mean,” said 7-year-old Sophia Chavez. She said she reads three books a day, which is something her dad encourages.
“Books are better than the internet,” said Stephen Chavez.
“Nowadays people are too distracted by all sorts of nonsense, I think it’s good to just sit down and concentrate, and read about something you’re interested in.”
Neighbors like the Chavez’ want the Little Free Library back, and encourage Davis to rebuild one. “We’re definitely going to rebuild one, and hopefully it won’t get vandalized this time,” David said.
He said he’s brain storming ideas for how to rebuild another one. Some of his neighbors have already offered to help.
“You know if she needs some help, maybe the neighborhood can get together and do something for her,” said Bendaw.
“If people had ideas, that would be fun to just build something that the community wants,” Davis told KRQE News 13.
Davis and his wife said they won’t let the vandals win. “We can beat out the vandals, and we will.”