Little Library Honoring Michelle Obama Vandalized
Someone vandalized a Little Free Library named after former first lady Michelle Obama in the capital's Dupont Circle neighborhood. The vandal crossed out her name and replaced it with "Trump's" on the box.
It was at least the fourth time the book-sharing box has been struck this year, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
In the spring, its little glass window was smashed. In the summer, a plaque was removed from the box, which had read "In Honor of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama: Lawyer, writer, and First Lady of the United States." And when the plaque was replaced with a photo of Michelle Obama, that was ripped off too.
The Little Free Libraries are small, "take a book, return a book" exchanges and are generally just a small wooden box placed by people who wish to share books with their community for free.
The library's owner, Maureen Dolan-Galaviz, put it up shortly after President Donald Trump's inauguration. She wondered if they were motivated by partisanship, a hatred of Obama or racism, she told the post, and asked the question:
Who are these monsters?
The Little Free Library is a really cool idea a man from Wisconsin began when he built one in tribute to his mother, who had been a teacher, according to the nonprofit organization's website. Now, there are more than 75,000 of them in 88 countries.