Lost & Found
I have a request from a reader, to describe the contents of the Library’s lost and found bin. I don’t like to disappoint my readers, and just to show that I will go to any length to keep all three of you reading my blog, I took the hit! I put the gloves and the mask on, and dove in.
Currently, our lost and found bin includes:
- IDs (from AAA cards, to driver’s licenses from as far away as New Zealand)
- Floppy disks
- Photos (mostly of children)
- Eye glasses
- Wrist watches
- Digital clocks
- Wallets w/o any IDs
- Cell phones
- Toys (cars, action figures, dolls, random stuff, etc…)
- Water bottles
- Legal documents of all kinds (financial statements to hospital discharge papers)
- report cards
- Assorted clothing (hats, scarfs, gloves — I probably have hepatitis now)
- A Rubbermaid cooler
You might be thinking right about now, that some of this stuff has names and addresses on it. You’d be right. Some of these documents even have telephone numbers on them, but for whatever reason we haven’t been able to contact the people because the numbers have been disconnected, they moved, whatever… Who knows?
Some of the stuff that currently resides in our bin is pretty strange. However, the really bizarre artifacts that we sometimes discover can’t be stored in the bin because they’re either perishable, or some kind of biohazard. This stuff is destroyed with extreme prejudice, posthaste.
Some examples include: A whole pie that a staff member found stashed away in the stacks, presumably as a snack for some vagrant when the mood for pie hit. Chicken bones recently discovered under the Cliff’s Notes, we’re thinking the same vagrant… Bloody bandages, and my ultimate favorite, the used condom that the hapless high school volunteer discovered and brought to the Circulation Desk… With her bare hands! The staff encouraged her to wash thoroughly with bleach — Twice.
The weirdest thing that I have personally found, was a 2-page letter in a book from a woman asking her husband for a divorce. She was having an affair, and this was how she decided to tell her husband… Until she lost the letter…