WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Lili’s Little Free Library in Waterbury opened up in November 2013 and they’d never had a problem, then vandals hit three times in July 2015.
An avid reader, 13-year-old Lilian Negron helped get the stand open in Fulton Park. The concept is simple: take a book and leave a book, but somebody grabbed a lot more. The stand now sits without a door and shingles were torn off.
“It’s really important to me,” Lilian said. “I put a lot of time and money into this and to see it get ruined, it’s kinda messed up, it’s just messed up.”
“I see the disappointment in her face and I hurt for her,” said her mother, Marisol Negron.
On July 1, the glass was smashed in.
“The second time, after the door was repaired and replaced, just a couple of days later the entire door was ripped off,” said Marisol.
The mother and daughter team refill the stand once a week. They estimate 200 to 300 books pass through it every month.
“That’s an enormous amount of books that we’re putting back into the community, books that would normally go to recycle bins or be trashed,” said Marisol.
The Vice President of the Fulton Park Conservancy, Michael Salvio, says he’s with a group of volunteers who help patrol the park along with police.
“We’re watching as much as we can,” said Salvio. “We will a) catch people, and b) prevent people from doing more damage.”
A relief to Lili who would like to see the looter leave town.
“I want them to stop please. It hurts,” she said.
Marisol says she plans on filing a police report. She says she got too frustrated before, but she wants whoever is doing this to be held accountable.