This post is woefully out of order, but lately I’ve seen a few posts from fellow LFL stewards who are having trouble with people taking all of the books from their libraries. I never wrote about our troubles with this in July 2013, but I’d like to have a record of what we did about it, so I’m writing this post now.
Overall, we have had a fabulous time as stewards of the library. We’ve occasionally had people take out all the hard cover books but really once they stopped taking off the R2D2 handle (well, we actually just replaced it with something less tempting after two thefts), we haven’t had any other trouble.
But in July 2013 we had about a week of someone clearing out the entire library. It’s a little jarring to go out to check on the books only to find this:
We had great neighbors and friends who replenished the books when we put out a call that this emptying had happened and the library rebounded quickly.
And then, sadly, it happened again.
After a week, we put up a note:
We still have no idea who was doing it, but it never happened again after we put up the note (which we took down after a few days). And this is a more typical picture of our library’s inventory.