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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — What was thought to be a theft of children’s “book trees” from a Delaware park has turned out to be something much less upsetting.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki issued a press release Friday lamenting the apparent theft of two “book trees” that had been installed just one month earlier in the city’s Barbara Hicks Park.

The trees are basically mini-libraries mounted on posts to give kids access to free reading materials in their neighborhood. The trees were donated by the local Rotary club.

On Sunday, the News Journal reported that the trees weren’t stolen at all. Instead, the city parks department had taken them in for maintenance after the posts were damaged.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,