Sign stolen from Lincoln woman’s free little library

"The littlest things can mean the biggest thing for somebody and that little sign meant a lot for us."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln resident says a custom-made sign was stolen from the free little library in her front yard.

Sheree Pokorny’s free little library was built for her as a gift by fellow Lincolnite Mark Zeller back in 2019.

In the years since, the library has been a source of joy for Pokorny, her family, and the surrounding community.

“We see people come up here every single day,” Pokorny said. “And it’s just heartwarming to see that people share the interest in reading.”

A self-described avid reader, Pokorny says she noticed her sign and a pinwheel went missing on Monday.

“It breaks my heart,” she said. “It really does that somebody violated our property and took something that didn’t belong to them, that has been a part of the community for so long and means a lot to our family.”

The stolen sign was custom-made for Pokorny’s library and explained how the free little library concept works: take a book and share a book.

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Pokorny says that it is disheartening to see a symbol for good being snatched from the community with no justification.

“The littlest things can mean the biggest thing for somebody and that little sign meant a lot for us because it was made just for us for our library,” she said.

Pokorny says the sign is being re-printed and replaced, but it doesn’t take away the disappointment of the sign being stolen in the first place.

“We can replace it, but it’s still heartbreaking that somebody thought they needed to take it,” Pokorny said.

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