She couldn’t get to all the graffiti on Columbus Street, but Boisean Sarah Ahrens wanted to do her part to make things a little better.
On Monday morning, a post showing a truck and a Little Free Library spray painted with the letters “DD” began making the rounds on Facebook. Little Free Libraries are small, wooden structures that serve as a “take a book, return a book” form of exchange for members of nearby communities.
Ahrens, who lives a few blocks away from the library that was hit, noticed Wednesday morning that it had not been cleaned. Despite having just finished an 11 p.m.-7 a.m. shift as a caregiver, Ahrens figured someone should do something about the mess.
So she got to work.
Ahrens and her roommate scraped off the graffiti so a new batch of paint could be put on. After 30 minutes or so, her roommate had to leave for her own work shift. Ahrens continued by herself for an additional two hours, scraping and painting. She even ran by the craft store to pick up more pink paint.
The Little Free Library has never looked better.
“It was just one of those moments where you see something needs to be done, so you just do it,” Ahrens told the Idaho Statesman. “I had just gotten off my night shift job and didn’t have anything pressing for the next few hours. So I figured why not?”