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Hoodland Library deals with vandalism, GoFundMe efforts underway posted on 10/01/2022

Lara Wilent, Library Clerk for the Hoodland Public Library, noted that nobody is really certain when the wooden sign that has hung above the library entrance disappeared. It wasn’t until somebody came in and noted how challenging it was to find the library due to the lack of signage.

“We can’t imagine why somebody took the sign,” Wilent said. “It’s a big, heavy wooden sign. It’s not like its metal and recyclable.”

The sign was made locally when the library moved to its current location in 2014, at a cost of approximately $500 at the time. Wilent noted that they expect that cost to double as they look to replace it now.

And that’s not the only act of vandalism targeting the library, as the drop box for patrons to return items after hours was hit last November, rendering it unusable since. A new drop box could cost as much as $1,500, but the library doesn’t have the funds to replace it or the sign.

Wilent noted that the library will add a slot into the front door to allow for returns after hours, although due to supply chain issues, there have been delays.

In the meantime, the library has not been charging overdue fines due to lack of ability for people to get books and other materials back.

In an effort to raise money to replace the drop box and the sign, people can donate at https://gofund.me/4fd217fa, or drop off donations at the library, 24525 Welches Road or mailed to the Friends of Hoodland Library at P.O. Box 298 Welches, OR 97067.

Wilent added that the sign will be remade by the same Mountain craftsman that made the first one.

“It’s good to know that sign was made and is being remade by a local person,” she said.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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