Little Free Library vandalized

This Little Free Library posted on the Lone Tree walking trail was vandalized, with one book from inside was set on fire. Randi Furman, a Calhoun County ISD librarian who manages the library, closed it down temporarily. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/RANDI FURMAN)

Victoria resident Randi Furman was in her office at home Wednesday when she heard noise outside and saw a book thrown in the air.

It wasn't until she went outside that the noise and flying object were put into context.

A Little Free Library post she set up outside her home was vandalized, with a book found burned and a book jacket on the ground farther away on the Lone Tree Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

"I was angry," said Furman, a librarian with Calhoun County Independent School District. "I think the community really liked it and enjoyed having it."

Little Free Library posts act as community libraries, where books are stored, borrowed and returned. This one is near light post 77 on the trail.

In May, Furman set up the library, which can accommodate between 20 and 25 books at a time.

She recalled being asked at the time whether she worried about vandals.

"I said 'no' because I thought people would think it's as good thing and people would respect it," Furman said.

Furman's husband reassembled the door, and she posted a sign stating the library would be closed until further notice because of the vandalism and to raise awareness in the area.

Furman said the tiny library is a resource for people who use the trail and enjoy the books, which have children's, young adult and adult literature themes.

She said she plans to reopen the library after the July Fourth weekend.

"No matter how many times it gets vandalized, burned or knocked down, we'll put it back up or build another one because it's worth it," she said.

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