March 22, 2016

Curious Findings in Books

Written by Deborah B. Ford

I have never been a fan of putting my hand behind a row of books. I’ve touched one too many nasty wrappers. It’s one reason I always say “let them eat cake.” If we allow them to eat, give them a food trashcan, and encourage them to exercise some responsibility, kids quit sneaking food into the library. Your hamburger paper behind the biography problem will just stop. But I digress.

Today as I was doing my morning pinning (schedule your social media for consistency) when I discovered an interesting article: 15 Curious Things Found in Library Books. Considering the things I have personally found in books and behind the books, I was a smidge anxious at clicking through to the article. What I found in the article was charming.

“You are perfect inside and out. Everything will be okay. I promise.” is just one note that a librarian found in a book. From post-its to letters and note cards, heart-breaking letters, notes of encouragement, and “do you like me: yes or no,” readers leave all manner of things in books. Good luck tokens like a four leaf clover showed up on the list. There were new years resolutions, to do lists, and even cash. Perhaps the funniest notes were warnings about the book: This book will drive you nuts!

What about you? What have you found in a book? What have you left in a book? Give us a shout out at @jrlibraryguild. Send your pictures too!

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  1. Deborah B. Ford

    on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 15:52pm

    Great Story!

  2. Grant A. Fredericksen

    on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 20:12pm

    Once I found a slice of raw bacon in a book. It had been there a little while because the grease had migrated to both ends of the textblock. i left the bacon inside the book and threw the book out in the dumpster.

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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at Contact her at Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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