Shreveport's second 'Little Free Library' location opened this week but less than 24 hours after it was placed at the corner of Highland Avenue and Dudley Street it has gone missing. The 'Little Free Library' is a national project to promote literacy and strengthen communities through the love of books. A typical library resembles a birdhouse and is built to hold dozens of books.
The first 'LFL' was placed at Line Avenue and Monrovia Street in October. The Shreveport Times recently donated newspaper/advertisement vending machines as temporary libraries until permanent structures can be constructed. The LFL removed from the Highland and Dudley location was a vending unit.
Local Coordinator, Brittany Turner, believes the disappearance may have been an unfortunate mistake.
"The one that was put up was actually put up on public property and it did not have the appropriate signage on it when it first went out. So we think someone probably saw it and it said free, though it was a cool thing, and decided to take it for their own yard," says Turner.
The group hopes someone will return the library to its original location or contact them through their 'Little Free Library Shreveport' Facebook page for an anonymous transfer.
Turner says the initial goal is to place 10 LFL's throughout the city. The current wait list of homes, businesses and and local non-profits signed up is at 15.
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