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'It's like life is back to normal again': Sheldon library branch reopens after vandalism

The Sheldon branch of the Eugene Library opened Thursday morning after Eugene Police say two teenage boys vandalized the library and several other businesses early Monday morning. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - The Sheldon branch of the Eugene Library opened Thursday morning after Eugene Police say two teenage boys vandalized the library and several other businesses early Monday morning.

Police say the teenagers broken the back window of the library and discharged a fire extinguisher inside the library, coating books and computers with fire retardant.

Connie Bennett, Director of the Eugene Library, says it took a cleaning crew of about 20 to get the library back in order.

"Picking up each book, each DVD, each audio-book, and so on: dusting, wiping it down," Bennett said. "The stuff was in the air, so fortunately we had the N-95 masks from the smoke."

On Thursday morning, the library was busy was patrons eager to get back to reading and writing.

"It's like life is back to normal again," Karen Creighton said, who regularly visits the library. "I was thinking, what am I going to do? Because I'm here a few hours out of the day, I get my books, I get my computer time."

"It just really enforces how much the community cares about us and how important it is," Bennett said.

Items that were on hold at the Sheldon branch and set to expire during the closure will be kept on the shelves for people to pick up through Monday September 18th.

Police arrested two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, accused of vandalizing the library and several other nearby businesses.

Throughout the summer, the Sheldon area has seen multiple vandalisms and potential arsons.

However, Eugene Police say they don't believe the teenagers are connected to those incidents.

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