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Caught on camera: Man Trashes Free Little Library; Non-profit creates book drive

Posted at 4:12 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 12:27:00-05

BALTIMORE — It's not just the news of a Free Little Library turning heads in Charles Village. The narration of the crime itself is worth its weight in laughter.

"I thought it was hilarious when I sped it up and cut it," said Jacqui Cummings. "I said to myself, you don't need to fight over it, just make a joke of it."

The initial vandalism happened on November 7th around 8 p.m. outside Notre Maison Connects on W. 25th Street near Charles Avenue. The non-profit focuses on empowering youth while supporting families and strengthening communities.

Cummings is the founder of the organization. She said when she first saw the damage, she shed a tear.

"I did because I do a lot of work myself," she said.

Cummings is no stranger to hands-on-work. Not only did she do metal-work to create the Free Little Library, she's experienced in hard labor, helping build day care centers in other countries.

"I love giving back and educating," she said.

In light of the vandalism Cummings launched a community book drive. So far more than 200 books have been donated.

"Some are children’s level books and some adult books," said Cummings " There are different books for all levels and I like that variety."

For more information on Notre Maison Connects click here

Book donations can be made from Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.