West Seattle Crime Watch: Little Free Library vandalized, then stolen

Another unique stolen item to watch for: Linda Sabee‘s Little Free Library:


Linda is the proprietor of The Junction boutique Carmilia’s, and the stolen LFL (shown in her photo from its time outside her Alki-area home) has sentimental value:

My dad and son built it in honor of my mom, who was an elementary school teacher and sadly died in 2007. She was a lover of education and a huge supporter of reading, book,s and literacy.

About a year and a half ago, when I did a freshening-up of the shop, I decided to put the free library in front of Carmilia’s. It was very wel- used and a fun addition to the ‘hood and my shop.

About two weeks ago it was vandalized; someone tore it off its base. I left it on the sidewalk where it continued to be used. My dad will be returning from his snowbirding soon and I figured he and my son could fix it. Unfortunately, it was stolen last week. It really sickens me that people would treat any piece of personal property with such disrespect, but such a sentimental piece confounds me all the more.

Contact police if you have info – or Linda, who can be reached via her shop (4528 California SW).

5 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Little Free Library vandalized, then stolen"

  • Sandy Adams March 23, 2016 (4:07 pm)

    This is SO sad.  Not only for the library users and owner, but the commentary on the lack of respect that seems so rampant these days.

  • CMT March 23, 2016 (4:14 pm)

    I am so sorry to hear this!  We have added books to that library :(  I have always been pleasantly surprised that the little free libraries don’t seem to get vandalized.  Sorry that someone lived down to my pessimistic expectations!

  • NW March 23, 2016 (4:59 pm)

    Nightlife has increased in the junction was mentioned here recently on either the forum or comment section “a destination for drinking” this type of behavior happens wee hours of the night with folks enebriated.  Might rethink the design or outreach all together in theat growing hub. The Junction. 

  • Zach Wegner March 24, 2016 (11:31 am)

    I work at Little Free Library. We are very disheartened to hear about your library. We would love to get in touch to see how we can help get your library back up and running. I can be reached at zwegner@littlefreelibrary.org.

  • JennyL March 24, 2016 (12:29 pm)

    I truly hope that the person who took the library thinks it through, and returns that sweet library to you and the community you offered it for.  I loved the addition of the little library outside of your store.  

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