EL CERRITO -- The Little Free Library in front of The Glenn Custom Framing shop on Stockton Avenue that has delighted customers and passers-by with free reading material was wrenched from its sidewalk post this week.
The installation, part of the take-a-book, leave-a-book movement featured on the front page of the El Cerrito Journal two weeks ago, was gone when shop owner Kathleen Glenn arrived in the morning on Feb. 25. The books it had held were stacked neatly by the door.
"I'm just kind of sad that it happened," she said that evening. "Everybody enjoys it."
The library, a birthday gift from Glenn's daughter that was installed last year, had been secured to its post with long screws, but the perpetrator was able to pry it off.
Glenn filed a police report and also posted about the theft on her Facebook page, generating an outpouring of support from friends.
Glenn vows to replace the Little Free Library, but in the meantime the books are in a wooden box on a folding chair on the sidewalk. A note about the theft is now on the post where the library had been.
"I will not be deterred," she said. "Something's going to be there."