Artist's missing 'Little Library' recovered

(Source: Nancy Apple)
(Source: Nancy Apple)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - 'Little Libraries' are a free way for people to donate and borrow books as they please. However, the actual library itself isn't meant to be borrowed -- or stolen.

Nancy Apple's home on Felix Street in Cooper-Young is known for its southern charm and whimsical beauty. The "little library" she spent more than 100 hours designing was the perfect addition.

"It's a one-of-a-kind thing," Apple said. "It's a way I can make art out of that stuff that you just didn't want to throw away."

But, less than 24 hours after Apple placed her library outside, it was stolen. The books that were inside were left scattered across the sidewalk.

Apple hopes that someone mistook the library outside her home for curbside trash.

"I like to think that we all make honest mistakes," she said.

When this article was published on Tuesday, Apple hoped the little library would make its way back to the front of her house.

"I do want another little free library, because I think it's a great thing for the community," Apple said.

According to Aaron James, who is a Cooper-Young neighborhood watch captain and also Apple's husband, the 'Little Library' has been found. It is unclear at this time how it was recovered.

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