It looks as though it may be back to reading books at the Kingston Public Library after a popular video-game system was stolen from a back corner dubbed the Teen Zone. The Nintendo Wii, which the library purchased with a grant last year, was reported stolen Monday morning.

It looks as though it may be back to reading books at the Kingston Public Library after a popular video-game system was stolen from a back corner dubbed the Teen Zone.


The Nintendo Wii, which the library purchased with a grant last year, was reported stolen Monday morning.


Karen Kelley, the library’s children’s assistant, said the Wii console was locked in a security box that must have been pried open or smashed.


There are no surveillance cameras at the Green Street library, and Kelly said the larceny may have occurred Saturday. The library is closed Sundays.


Sgt. Zachary Potrykus of the Kingston Police Department said detectives are investigating the crime.


Library Director Sia Stewart said in an e-mail that the library does not have money to replace the console, “so until further notice we will not be offering any programs that involve Wii games.”


The Wii system hit the video-game market in 2006. The consoles retail for about $199.


Kelley said Hannele Minsk, coordinator of the library’s Teen Advisory Board, secured the grant that enabled the library to make its Wii purchase. She said the game system has been popular with teenagers, who also use the Teen Zone, a back corner of the library, to watch movies.


Kelley said nothing else appears to have been stolen.


“All the books seem to be intact,” she said.


Kelley urged the Wii thief to return the stolen console and suggested that a pardon might be possible.


Patriot Ledger writer John P. Kelly may be reached at jkelly@ledger.com.