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Civic Service Report

A small library in South Boston has been repaired.

It’s called the Little Free Anti-Racist Library with books meant to amplify black voices.

Somebody fixed it up after it was ruined by weather.

Matt Reed spoke with the organizer of the library and the mystery repairman.

For the past year a Little Free Library has been tucked away on G Street in Southie.

The brainchild of Haley George.

“I am a teacher so love books.”

Who wanted to build one of countless tiny libraries around Boston

But with a conscious decision about which books it contained.

“And then after george floyd’s murder I really wanted to center black voices and amplify black voices especially in the neighborhood that I live in.”

The Little Free Anti-Racist Library opened in June of last year

And was an instant hit.

“I would hear them walking by talking about it a lot of people would use it, it felt like it was kind of becoming a big part of the community.”

But Haley had to close the library in may after heavy rain caused it to collapse.

She was planning on rebuilding it for the Fall but on Monday when Haley came home from school.

She saw someone had already done the work for her.

“Not knowing who it was and knowing that somebody had taken the time and taken the energy to put it back together was really special.”

“Now Haley had no idea who repaired her library. She thought it could be her landlord or her sister. But as luck would have it this morning she found out the mystery repairman is Armando Correa.”

“I’m like how am I going to salvage this box and I couldn’t salvage it so I went to Ikea, got another box, salvaged the panels stapled paint sticks on it and stuck it in the ground. I just wanted
them to know that someone in the neighborhood really felt positive about the signs, positive about the little library it brought joy to me when I saw it.”

In South Boston Matt Reed.

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