A WHITE Hills grandmother has been left upset and frustrated after a bag containing her library books was stolen in broad daylight from Hargreaves Mall earlier this week.
Sandra Hando was eating lunch with her granddaughters after having been to the Bendigo Library to borrow five books during the morning.
"One of the girls wanted her jacket because she was getting cold, so I sat the bag of books down," she said.
"We had to catch the bus and it wasn't until we were at the bus stop that I realised the bag was missing."
Ms Hando said the bag of books had gone by the time she arrived back to where she had left it.
She said she asked staff in nearby shops whether the bag or books had been handed in but had no luck.
"Who would steal a bag of library books? I bet someone has picked them up and gone to the creek or a toilet block and dumped them," she said.
Ms Hando said she was concerned she would have to pay for the library books.
"I am going to have to pay for them. One of them was an AUSLAN encyclopedia which must cost a lot," she said.
"I got the books so my granddaughters could learn sign language because their cousin is deaf."
Bendigo Library manager Vivien Newton said the library dealt with missing and stolen books on a case-to-case basis but would not say whether Ms Hando would have to pay.
The books were in a brown bag and are titled, Australian Sign Language, Dictionary of Auslan, The Lost World of Possum Creek, Poo Time and Cabin on Trouble Creek. Anyone who finds them should return them to the Bendigo Library.