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Books donated to Antigo great-grandmother's little library after being stolen


ANTIGO (WAOW) -- A community is coming together to help keep a little library alive. An Antigo great-grandmother who owns the library was shocked to find that books were being stolen from her front yard.

Mary Ann Masterton opens her library to the Antigo community each day to share her love of reading.

"It's so much fun,” said Masterton. “I love it because I can peek out of my window and see action out at the library. It's fun."

The library was a gift from her daughter, and the books are free to read and return. One day her friend saw the library was empty. People had been stealing her books.

"It was fun and it was so cute and I just felt bad thinking why would anyone do that," said Masterton.

People in the community started hearing that books were being taken from Masterton's library, but what happened next she says, she can't believe.

"Like the doorbell was ringing ding dong and there would be more books," said Masterton.

Hundreds of books were dropped off by strangers. All of them were donations to the little library.

“It was fun now I’m loving it,” said Masterton.

Masterton sorted all the books with what she calls her little library clerks, or her great-granddaughters.

"I think it's really neat,” said Lightsey Puryear, one of Masterton's great-granddaughters. “People are still good enough to do that, you know, they didn't have to donate their books. But they chose to so that was really nice."

Now that Masterton has books back at the little library, she says she's not stopping anytime soon.

"Oh I’m thinking of opening a branch,” said Masterton. “I have so many books I can put another one next door. It's just so fun."

Masterton's little free library is just one of 15,000 in 55 countries. The little free library organization started in Wisconsin.

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