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Vandal destroys community library

COVINGTON, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- Vandals senselessly destroyed a neighborhood treasure.
    
The Community Book Collections are popping-up all over in an effort to promote reading and share a love of books.  But someone torched the one in Covington.  A lot of time and love went into the little free library

Jeff Pelini built the little library and told Local 12, "I built it in my basement over the winter when it was kind of cold and nasty.  And as soon as it was warm enough I came out here and bolted it to this pedestal."
   
All that was left were charred pieces of wood and the pedestal.  Someone torched Jeff Pelini's creation over the weekend.

"Nobody really observed who did it.  My neighbor who was out here a minute ago, observed the flames and called the fire department and they put it out.  But it was not savable," Pelini said.
   
Learning that this community treasure was destroyed was disturbing to neighbors, especially those with small children.  Little free libraries have been set up all over the world in urban neighborhoods.  Readers take a book and leave one in its place.

Pelini wasn't worried about why the vandal burned the community book collection, he was just ready to rebuild.

"I don't know and I can't spend any of my time on that.  Somebody did this out of some place of pain that they're in or some ugly place that they're in and I'm glad I'm not them.  And you know, maybe when we put it back up, they'll see it differently and maybe they'll take a lesson in how fast I'm going to put it back up," said Pelini.
 
He said he was planning to start working on a new little free library Tuesday.  Pelini thinks he can have it back up some time this week.
 
Jeff Pelini said since the library and books were ruined the community outpouring and offers to help have been tremendous.


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