More Lost Than Found…

Back by popular demand, I once again took the hit and dived into the Library’s Lost & Found bin. I must really like you guys for putting myself through this rather putrid ordeal. Here’s what I found:

  • Checkbooks
  • Floppy disks
  • AAA cards
  • A New Zealand Driver’s License
  • Mead notebooks
  • A woman’s insulated brown denim jacket
  • Lots of family photos, from lots of different families
  • A Superball
  • Sunglasses
  • Keys
  • Wristwatches
  • An “International Driving Document” from a Polish woman named Magda
  • A CD-ROM with “Peter Pan” written on it by hand
  • Cell phones
  • A NY Mets cap
  • The Over the Hedge game for the Gameboy
  • A Bluetooth headset
  • A wallscroll calendar
  • A black sweater
  • Costume jewelry
  • Assorted toys (Superman action figure, etc…)
  • A Crayon colored bear labeled, “I Love You Mom”

And my personal favorite

  • A large feather

Excuse me now, while I go take an emergency shower…


~ by Woeful on January 26, 2008.

20 Responses to “More Lost Than Found…”

  1. what’s the name on the new zealand licence? small country, we all know each other 🙂

  2. Haha, I had the pleasure of being present for going through our lost and found a few weeks ago. The most unique thing we found that’s not on your list–an epi pen.
    PS, floppy disks, wtf century are your patrons in? Ours only have thumb/jump drives.

  3. No Porno mags?! LOL

  4. Hey Woeful if I come in for a visit can I take some of the stuff home with me?

  5. LOL… I don’t remember. I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary Myra.

  6. So THAT’S where I left my feather!

  7. Wolfshowl: Many of our patrons still use floppies. I don’t understand it since you can get a flash drive that is more stable, and holds the equivalent of 100s of floppies for like $10. Go figure?

    Hi Magic Mike! Our patrons are pretty attached to their porn. I don’t think we’ve ever found any errant porn just laying around…

    Dave! Of course, just make sure you have a valid library card and you’re good to go.

  8. Feather! 🙂

  9. Thanks Woeful on the comment on my photography in the library blog post! I used to work IT Support part-time at my university and this is one pretty detailed and thorough blog that anyone who’s ever been associated the library can relate too. Would love to hear your views on photography sometimes coming from an old pro. Feel free to comment message me anytime!

    Regarding this post once I found a used condom at the library. I did not turn it into the Lost and Found. 😛

  10. Are you serious? I think most of those are great finds! Or lost items. How long before you can sell all that stuff?

  11. Hi Upset! I pass no judgment on what I found (sans the feather 😉 ). Sadly, we don’t get any money for anything. Any proceeds of sales, or overdue fines, or printing fees goes the the City’s general fund, NOT us. Most people don’t know this… It sucks ass!

  12. Wolfshowl sounds like he/she went through our lost and found except he/she forgot the birth control.

    After a month, we divy our stuff out if anyone wants it. If nobody wants it, we give it to charity. Well, we’ll probably throw away the birth control.

  13. Hi VL: I don’t ever remember seeing birth control pill in the Lost & Found…

  14. Heh. That brings back memories. I worked part-time circulation at a public library, and one of the jobs we part-timers got assigned quarterly was to go through the lost and found. I always needed a thorough hand-washing afterwards…plus some Purell…and still didn’t always feel clean, depending on the exact contents of the box that day.

    We kept stuff for a month, then the staff got a crack at everything. Once the staff was done rooting through for good stuff, we sold any usable books/DVDs/CDs, etc., took clothing to Goodwill and tossed out the gross stuff.

  15. Here’s what I would like to know: Which one of your coworkers thought a large feather needed to be placed in the lost and found receptacle and what were they thinking? If this happened at my library and I knew who put it in there, I would tease them mercilessly.

    There are so many directions you could go with the teasing…

  16. Thanks for visiting Arkham!

    That’s exactly what I was thinking, K! Who was thinking, “Humm, someone might come looking for this here feather…”

  17. how long do you have to keep it before you throw it away(take it home)? Looks like you lucked out.

  18. I work at a public library in Melbourne, Australia. We’ve had walking sticks and reading glasses. the most frequent items would be bookmarks, diskettes and various items of clothing espicailly school uniforms. At another library I worked for someone left a pusher (without baby). It was not claimed so we passed it on to a charity.

  19. Oh, this is great. I didn’t know you did this. Maybe there should be a new flickr group. “What’s in your lost and found?” I’d do it. There are always some rather bizarre and often sticky items in ours…

  20. Hello Interrupted: I think a Flickr! group is a GREAT idea!

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