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Return Your Books Without Refuse

Libraries are having two issues.  First, patrons aren't returning books.  Second, when the books are returned, they often come with a variety of junk inside them. An Arizona librarian reports everything from cash to toilet paper to muscle relaxants to a check for $10,000.00. 

Many libraries will keep the personal items to return to the patron but few patrons do return them.  So if you've used a photograph for a bookmark and have since lost it, you may want to check with the library's lost and found.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Katrina Strauss
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 10:35:52

    I recently borrowed Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing It from my local library. Aside from her misadventures with Eddie Van Halen, Ms. Bertinelli details her experiences with comfort eating and yo-yo dieting. I have dealt with similar issues the past ten years and wholly related to her struggle. I empathized even more with the previous reader who had left cheddar cheese potato chip crumbs scattered between several pages…

  2. Francois
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 15:40:39

    One library book I borrowed had pencilled in spelling corrections throughout. Though since these were merely corrections from the American spellings to the English it hardly seemed worth it. However, partway through they became a bit more critical – “How does she know this?” “Isn’t that the other sister?”. I think it was a Linda Howard. Very amusing.

  3. Nicole
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 19:52:29

    Ah, well, think about working at a Half Price Books. Your local one got a dead mouse in a buy the other day. Ewwwww.

    Ooph, the things that people put in and around books.

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