Here’s a disturbing case study from North Chicago that deals with a “little free library” book thief.

It tells the story of Richard Murray who “put up Little Free Library #15700 in the North Chicago suburbs in 2014. He spent several years acting as its volunteer steward, trying out different ideas like adding a guest book for comments and a water dish for dogs. He’d reached that happy moment where the community had adopted the Little Library as their own, and very little maintenance was required on his part.

But then something disturbing happened. He went out to his Library one day to find that someone had completely emptied it out; all of the books were gone. He contacted seven other Little Free Library stewards in the North Chicago area, and discovered that all of them had the same issue. This was systematic book theft! …”

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)