Fayette’s library faces enough financial challenges without the added burden of vandalism, says Normal Memorial Library director Sally Canfield. Unfortunately, recent vandalism will result in extra expenses.
Five letters were recently stolen from the name on the front of the library and other damage was also done.
A pane of glass was broken in each of the two decorative light posts in the front of the library and the light bulbs were broken.
Staff member Susan Stuckey suspects the lights might have been broken by the vandals to make the area dark before the letters were stolen. A spotlight below the lettering was also found broken.
The letters have been in place since the facility was built in 1967, Stuckey said, and would likely be difficult—and expensive—to match for replacement.
Damages will be covered by insurance once the deductible is exceeded.
Staff member Denise Jensen thinks the damage might have occurred over the Easter weekend due to the amount of beer bottles and other debris found across the street in the park shelter house.
Canfield would love to come to work some morning and find the missing letters placed on the sidewalk in front of the library.
“Just return them,” she said, “no questions asked.”