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Vandals force removal of Penticton free library at City Hall

The free library is now being fixed by Penticton high school students and will be relocated
The free book library beside Penticton City Hall was still standing in late November as seen here. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton’s first publicly located Little Free Library is no more.

The City has confirmed that they had to remove the library after multiple cases of vandalism.

“Vandals did damage it, so it’s currently in Princess Margaret for repairs. Once that’s done, it will be installed at the community centre,” said Shane Mills, the city’s communication manager. There is no timeline yet on when it will be placed at the community centre.

The free-standing book library was unveiled beside City Hall in June during a small ceremony.

It was the first free library on public land. There are more than a dozen free libraries located on private property in neighbourhoods across Penticton.

The take-a-book-leave-a-book library was spearheaded by Beyond Words, a local group made up of retired educators.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen provided $500 in funding for the installation, Matheson Creek Farms provided the orchard box that served as the base for the library, Princess Margaret Secondary students assembled the library and the students of Penticton Secondary did a book drive to fill its shelves.

The students at Princess Margaret have made around a dozen of little libraries from a variety of other materials, such as used skateboards. Lievskovsky said there are more libraries available should someone one to put one on their own property.

READ MORE: Penticton welcomes first Little Free Library on public land

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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