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Stolen BookBot Found At SW Michigan Tree Farm

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Young neighbor Isabel McNamara got to choose the first book from her neighborhood's new BookBot last month. (Handout photo/Lynn Contos)

Young neighbor Isabel McNamara got to choose the first book from her neighborhood’s new BookBot last month. (Handout photo/Lynn Contos)

GOBLES (WWJ/AP) - A Little Free Library designed to look like a robot that was stolen from its roadside home has turned up in a field at a southwestern Michigan tree farm.

BookBot was found dumped in a field of Christmas trees on Monday near the Van Buren County community of Gobles, according to a report by WWMT-TV. It’s expected to be brought back to Kalamazoo County, where it was stolen from last month.

The former Kalamazoo Gazette newspaper box was originally made into a robot character by Plainwell artist Steve Curl. It stood in front of a Kalamazoo hotel dispensing newspapers before being acquired by library aide Lynn Contos and getting an update.

The 5-foot-tall BookBot was put into service in September outside Contos’ home. It was filled with books for all ages.

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