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6-year-old girl's 'Little Free Library' stolen from St. Charles front porch

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Reese poses with her "Little Free Library." Reese poses with her "Little Free Library."
Reese selects a book from her "Little Free Library." Reese selects a book from her "Little Free Library."
Reese poses with her "Little Free Library." Reese poses with her "Little Free Library."
Reese reads a book from her "Little Free Library." Reese reads a book from her "Little Free Library."
The Short family's "Little Free Library" on their front porch. The Short family's "Little Free Library" on their front porch.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A St. Charles family who wanted to share their love of reading with their neighborhood using a "little free library" were shocked to see it, along with the books, missing on Monday morning.

"The concept is take a book, leave a book. It's a book swap," said Rebecca Short.

Short and her three children bought and decorated a cabinet to use as a free library after her daughter saw a commercial for Little Free Libraries, which explains how to start a neighborhood library.

"I just thought it was cool," said 6-year-old Reese Short of the project.

Rebecca said Reese loves reading and writing her own books and wanted to share her family's love of books with the neighborhood.

Just about two weeks ago, the Short family opened the library by placing signs in their yard and putting about 15 books for children and 15 books for adults in the cabinet.

But on Monday morning, the cabinet and the books were all gone.

"We had a sign in the yard that said 'Little Free Library,'" Short said. "Our concern is that maybe someone mistook the sign to mean, come take the whole library."

The Short family hopes it was all an honest mistake, but admits there were a lot of tears when the library went missing.

A neighbor told Short she saw a woman driving a white station wagon stop outside of the house early Monday morning and take all of the books and the cabinet.

"What we're hoping is somebody who might have made that mistake will see this and bring it back, that's all we care about," said Short.

While there was not much monetary value to cabinet and books taken, there was the sentimental value of a family project.

"All of my kids were pretty sad," said Rebecca. "We put a lot of hours into it, it was something that was special to us."

Short told her kids that no one can take away the fun they had creating the library.

The Short family plans to try opening a little library again.

Anyone interested in donating books to the Short family's new little library can send an email to lostlittlelibrary@gmail.com.

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