FAIRMONT — The Hector MacLean Library, which had been closed after vandals made a mess last week, is reopening to the public today.
The library closed after Fairmont Police Department responded to a call about vandalism at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, according to Police Chief Kim Monroe, and found about $1,500 worth of damage had been done to windows in the library. Monroe said that books and DVD cases were scattered on the floor and tables had been moved.
“This is kind of an isolated incident, a random act,” Monroe said.
Katie Fountain, Robeson County Public Library director, said that Fairmont police, acting Town Manager Linda Vause and Public Works employees boarded up the windows late Friday evening. She said the library reopened after new windows were installed.
It is the second time in recent weeks that the library had to close, the first time following a plumbing mishap.
“It is unfortunate that something happened again,” said Fountain. “The town of Fairmont and the library worked hard to reopen the library on Jan. 15 because of the water damage and later that night, it closed again because of the break-in.”
Fountain said local folks depend on the library.
“We do what we can to provide our services to the Fairmont community” Fountain said. “The Fairmont library is one of our busiest locations and I wish people had more respect for it. We just hope we can stay open this time.”
Monroe said police don’t have any leads on who did the damage, but there is a reward waiting for anyone who can finger the culprit.
“We are offering a $200 reward for any information that would lead to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible,” he said.
Anyone with information can call the the Fairmont Police Department at 910-628-9766.
Gabrielle can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.