Things get left in books and we do the best we can to find them.
Things like...photos of pets, family and friends, love letters, paperclips, sticky notes, receipts, doodles, old homework assignments, toilet paper, coupons, membership cards, condoms, lottery tickets, duct tape, playing cards, sugar packets, newspaper clippings, candy and gum wrappers, money, scotch tape, price tags, handwritten notes, phone numbers, squished bugs, drivers licenses, candy, flowers, glue, art projects, jewelry, stickers, Q-tips, phone numbers, origami...
and SO MUCH MORE...
|A small sample of things we have found in the books at Memorial Library. |
Photo courtesy of J.Myers who worked with the Circulation department to collect things found in books for 1 full year.
|An ironic comic strip found as a bookmark in a returned library book. Photo courtesy of J. Myers.|
So, Here’s What You Can Do to Help!:
1. Use a bookmark – Ask the Library and we will gladly give you some!
2. Can't find a bookmark? No problem! Grab some plain white printing paper - most are acid-free!
3. Please avoid dog-earring, use of sticky notes and paperclips!
4. Please do not write or highlight in the books.
5. Do not attempt to mend or repair a book, especially with office tapes and glues. This will damage the book even more. We have a Preservation department who will be happy to do it!
6. And, most importantly, take out your “bookmark” before returning a book to the library! This tiny action can make all the difference for others to enjoy this same book in the many years to come!
The smallest changes can make the biggest differences.
Comment below if you have ever found something interesting inside a book!
Jamie Dalbey is a Preservation and Government Documents Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato.