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Books stolen from small lending libraries in Davison

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    Lending libraries in Davison could re-open after theft

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:05:12 GMT
    (08/31/14) - At least one of the four "lending libraries" hit by thieves last week could open again Monday morning.Kim Carter tells us complete strangers have dropped off nearly 650 books since her story aired on ABC12 last week. Kim and three other Genesee County locations had their books stolen. The libraries are outside their homes and work on the honor system. It's okay to borrow a book, as long as you return it when you're done. The people set up the lending libraries to encourage kids t...
    (08/31/14) - At least one of the four "lending libraries" hit by thieves last week could open again Monday morning.Kim Carter tells us complete strangers have dropped off nearly 650 books since her story aired on ABC12 last week. Kim and three other Genesee County locations had their books stolen. The libraries are outside their homes and work on the honor system. It's okay to borrow a book, as long as you return it when you're done. The people set up the lending libraries to encourage kids t...
DAVISON (WJRT) - (08/28/14) - Two Davison women are disappointed that someone apparently stole books from their small lending libraries.

Kim Carter and Lisa Brewer had both set up cabinets this summer in their front yards and stocked them full of books.

Children were encouraged to borrow them and bring them back when they're done.

"My middle child is an avid reader. I set it up because I want other children to read," Carter said. "It's so cute to see the kids come up and get books."

"We've all had such a wonderful summer with it," Brewer said.

One cabinet had about 50 children's book in it and another one had about 40.

"The majority were used books. Sometimes people brought books. That was so cute. Sometimes when I would come out in the morning, there would be a bag of books up there," Carter said.

At about 6 p.m. Wednesday, something caught the neighbor's eye.

"A red car like a Cavalier or something, an older car. And it was an older woman with gray hair," Carter said.

The older woman was accompanied by a woman in her late teens. The neighbor became suspicious.

"She told her daughter after they pulled out, 'Go over there and check Kim's library.' And the little girl came back and said, 'Mom, it's empty. They've taken all of them,'" Carter said.

That same red car was also seen at the other lending library. The children's books were taken and the books for adults were untouched.

"Everybody has honored the honor system so far, until last night," Brewer said.

Brewer found something on social media that makes her think the library books are being sold.

"There is a couple in Flint that, they're selling blocks of books, five or 10, for $10 a piece," she said.

Anacelia's Mexican Restaurant in Flint has set out a box so customers can drop off replacement books.

"It's sad because now everybody else will have to wait 'til I restock my library," Carter said.

If you'd like to help replace the stolen books, contact Kim Carter at kimall3@charter.net.
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