Librarian Discovers Defaced Islamic Texts

By Dianna Dilworth 

A librarian in Illinois discovered that Islamophobia is a problem among some people that have come into her public library branch.

While gathering materials for a discussion group called “The Quran: Is It a ‘Good Book’?, library director Karen Danczak Lyons said that she found that texts had been defaced with comments such as,  “lies cover to cover,” and a swastika. The New York Times has a scoop:

The authorities say there has been a spate of hate crimes targeting libraries, their books or patrons — offenses officials said they had rarely seen before. These crimes coincide with a recent report by the F.B.I.that attacks against American Muslims surged last year.