Phoenix neighborhood steps up to support woman after community library box is stolen

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –A wooden box containing free books was recently stolen from the front yard of a Phoenix home on 31st Avenue, just north of the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway. Owner Mary Demers says the pole broke and the box was placed next to it in the Deer Valley neighborhood a few weeks ago. But then she looked out her window one day and noticed she had disappeared.

“Why would anyone take that?” It’s got my charter number and everything on it, she said.

Demers enjoys helping people and reading. Her little free library was an easy way for her to give back to her community. After seeing that the box of books had been taken, she filed a police report. Unfortunately, she didn’t have much information to rely on, so her friend posted on a community app explaining what happened. Demers was shocked by the response.

“Why anyone would do this story comes the community spirit, we are very touched and grateful and hopeful,” Demers explained.

Dozens of people responded, showing their support for the library and for Demers. A woman is even about to buy a new box of books.

“It just brings tears to my eyes, it’s really heartwarming. It really is,” Demers said.

For now, Demers will still have events where people can stop and look at the books in his garage. She hopes they can install the new roadside box in the next few weeks.

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