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Little Free Library in Poway ransacked, again

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Posted at 11:28 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 02:28:49-05

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) - For the second time this year, a woman in Poway says the “Little Free Library” outside her home has been ransacked.

Lois Fong-Sakai said she installed the small book sharing library about six years ago and hadn’t had any problems with it. Residents are encouraged to take a book and leave a book as they please.

“The whole premise of Little Free Library is to build community,” she said.

But on January 1, she said she noticed all of the books were gone.

Her first thought was someone took them to resell online.

With some help from volunteers, she quickly refilled the library with donations.

But then it happened again.

“The first thing that went through my head was ‘Oh my God I can’t believe this,’” she thought when she noticed the new books had been taken on January 12.

She said she notified the San Diego Sheriff’s Department who told her they had received other similar calls.

As a self-described book lover she said she was “dismayed” that someone would go around taking all of the books.

Even though they are free, she says it’s supposed to be an exercise in trust and sharing.

“It’s really a shame that people are doing this because it’s breaking our sense of community,” she said.