Drunk driver smashes Little Free Library

Published 9:35 am Tuesday, April 14, 2020

One of Vicksburg’s Little Free Libraries was recently destroyed, not by a falling tree or a mad rush of children looking for a new book, but rather a drunk driver.

The Vicksburg Police Department said officers were dispatched to the Glenwood Circle area, near the neighborhood’s playground, just after midnight on Thursday, April 2 to a report of a motor vehicle accident.

Once they arrived, officers saw that a vehicle had crossed over a curb and struck the Little Free Library that was between the playground and the large green space in the neighborhood.

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The male driver of the vehicle was arrested for driving under the influence, which was his first offense. The identity of the individual arrested was not released.

To date, the stand which the Little Free Library was placed on remains on the ground, while the box — or library — that held the books has been removed.

The Little Free Library program started in the Vicksburg area in 2019, under the organizational leadership of Logan Peay and Kay Kay DeRossette. To date, there are 10 Little Free Library box exchanges around the Vicksburg area, offering a free box exchange for individuals throughout the community.

The original idea behind Little Free Libraries began in 2009 in Wisconsin and was designed not only to help promote a love of reading, but it was also used as a means of bringing people together who want to share their favorite books with the community.

The Post has reached out to the couple who is the stewards of the Glenwood Circle Little Free Library for comment about their plans for rebuilding the location.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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