Library Basement Vandalized Overnight

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by Austin Tremblay

Last night (night of July 1), the Village Learning Place’s (VLP’s) basement was broken into. The perpetrator(s) of this crime entered the basement and vandalized the space such that our LINK classrooms require a deep, professional cleaning before they can be used again. 

VLP staff have taken appropriate precautionary measures, including relocating LINK Summer PreK-2nd grade activities out of the basement classrooms. We appreciate our partner school Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School for allowing us to temporarily borrow gym space. The library will not open to the public today, July 2, to facilitate cleanup and crime scene investigation. The Pre-K–2nd grade classes will meet in the air-conditioned library space and dismissal for Pre-K–2nd grade students will take place in library today. We expect to use the basement for programming as early as tomorrow morning.

Senseless acts such as these not only inconvenience VLP staff and volunteers who attend to the cleanup; they also disrupt the plans of all of those who patronize the library. The Village Learning Place operates as a public library with resources and programs designed to benefit the whole community. Vandalism of our space hurts everyone.

We are grateful that the VLP is a place treasured by many, and we apologize for this unexpected disruption of library services. We hope our community members, neighbors, and friends will continue to help us protect our building and the people it serves.