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Little Free Library dedicated to Michelle Obama reportedly vandalized with 'Trump’s' graffitti

Odette Odendaal
Nov 27, 2018
04:23 A.M.
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Erected mere eight blocks from the White House, the ‘Little Free Library' got vandalized earlier this month yet again.

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Set up in honor of the former First Lady, Michelle Obama by Maureen Dolan-Galaviz, the ‘Little Free Library’ got defaced with the name ‘Obama’ crossed out and replaced by that of President Trump.

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The library saw it's creation in 2017 and has since been the target of vandals in support of Donald Trump. During previous vandalism in spring, the small glass window for the library got smashed. The commemorative Obama plaque got removed during the summer, and even the picture of Michelle Obama that replaced the vandalized plaque got torn down. 

Most recently, the Obama name got crossed out and got replaced by ‘Trump’s,’ in what appeared to be black marker. Maureen Dolan-Galaviz, who erected the library outside her home said:

“If there is one thing that should be off limits it’s the idea that we all deserve access to books.”

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Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

The library got built by Dolan-Galaviz a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration with a plague on top of the structure that read:

“In Honor of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. Lawyer, writer, and First Lady of the United States.”

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According to the police, no reports related to the vandalism on the ‘Little Free Library’ dedicated to Michelle Obama exist. Todd Bol, the founder of the ‘Little Free Library’ concept, built the first one in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin with the aim to inspire a love of reading, spark creativity and help build a community by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

The idea took off and on May 16, 2012, officially became a nonprofit organization. Since then the project expanded to include over 75,000 libraries in 88 countries around the world.

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The nonprofit also received honors from the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, Library Journal, and others for its promotion of literacy and love of reading.

Registered ‘Little Free Libraries’ can be found on the Little Free Library World Map and lists locations by GPS coordinates and other information.

While on the subject of books and the former First Lady Obama, the release of Michelle’s new memoir, ‘Becoming’ got released on November 13.

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Sales skyrocketed, and within a week, Crown Publishing informed the Associated Press that more than 1.4 million copies had already been sold. 

The publishing house also said that Michelle Obama’s memoir, ‘Becoming’ climbed to the No.1 best selling nonfiction book in Finland, Denmark, Spain, Holland, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

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The sales of Michelle’s memoir are substantially more than those of previous first ladies, with Hillary Clinton’s memoir, ‘Living History’ has sold 600,000 copies in the first week.

In her memoir, Michelle speaks out about life in the White House and after, personal issues and hardships, and how she feels about the current President and the administration. Her memoir is said to be the best selling book in 2018.

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