Vandalized books at the neighborhood lending library

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — A Toledo girl’s Girl Scout project was vandalized over the weekend.

Sarah Zadrazil’s daughter Bella built a lending library for community members to enjoy a good read and was sad to see someone had taken the books she had collected and ripped them out all pages.

She says people in the community use the library to drop off and pick up literature. Lending libraries are found in neighborhoods of Toledo.

Residents enjoyed the creation, until last weekend. They tell 13abc that lending libraries are community resources and say they don’t understand why anyone would want to interfere with that.

Sarah Zadrazil said she received a message about what happened on Saturday morning.

“I was like ‘are you kidding me? “, Zadrazil said. “And she showed me the video, and it showed the photo of the library and it just showed walking down the street – all the pages.”

Pages from the books were seen all along the street. Zadrazil said it took a while to collect enough books to fill the shelves in the first place. Before the lending library was destroyed, Zadrazil said even entire series stocked the shelves – including Harry Potter, the Fudge series and the Ramona book series.

“It’s really heartbreaking and I don’t know why anyone would want to tear up so many books,” Zadrazil said.

She told 13abc that a street sweeper said he covered 17 streets and saw book pages the whole way.

Zadrazil says it’s sad to see someone destroying something good for the community.

“I was just heartbroken to know how many people use this library, both to get rid of their books once their kids grow up, or to get rid of the books they’re using,” Zadrazil said.

Although neighbors filmed the culprits on circular cameras, that was not enough to hold anyone accountable. Zadrazil says she and her daughter won’t let this random act of vandalism ruin this community resource.

Bella Zadrazil built the library and said it was upsetting to see someone vandalize her work, but she’s been happy to see how the community has responded since.

“I’m a little disappointed, but I’m glad we were able to put some books back there because I see a lot of people using them,” Bella Zadrazil said. “A lot of people like to come here and they like to put books in and they like to take books as well.”

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