March 13, 2019 — The Siuslaw Public Library in Florence was the victim of vandalism on Friday when a man threw rocks through eight of the library’s windows.
“We had an unfortunate incident where someone who had been excluded from the library for a year returned a couple weeks later before the library opened to the public for a
day,” said Library Director Megan Spencer.
The person threw rocks at eight double-paned windows in total on March 8, breaking the first pane on four windows, and both in three others.
Librarians Kevin Mittge and Gayle Waiss called the police, who apprehended the suspect.
“I felt like staff were rock stars, and the police responded quickly and were very helpful,” Spencer said. “That morning, we had three of our board members and six of our staff members cleaning up the glass. We were be able to open at 10 a.m. thanks to the hard work of the staff and board.”
New windows have been ordered, and the costs will be covered by the library’s insurance.
“What I have been really appreciative of is how the public has been supportive, as they always are,” Spencer said. “They are so responsive, they love the staff and they love the space, and we’re grateful for their help.”
For more information about the Siuslaw Public Library or its programs, stop by 1460 Ninth St. in Florence or 88148 Riverview Ave. in Mapleton, or visit www.siuslawlibrary.info.