From time to time a patron will check a book or DVD out of the library where I work and misplace it. After we extend the due date to give them a little extra time to search, they’ll usually find the missing item under a car seat or behind the book shelf. But library material can turn up in surprising places. After a patron returned a long overdue DVD that she’d found underneath her microwave, I logged onto Facebook and asked my fellow librarians: “What’s the oddest place a patron has ever found a misplaced library book or DVD?”
As a public service, I’ve decided to share some of their responses with the library-going public:
A patron just found an overdue CD under the spare tire in her trunk.
I once paid for a lost paperback picture book, then found it years later when we moved the bookshelf in my son’s room when we painted the walls.
One of our patrons just found a long overdue book in his daschund’s toy box.
Just got a letter from a patron telling us that she’d found a lost copy of “Finding Dory” in a potted plant.
I once found an overdue library book under my grandson’s mattress. He loved the book and didn’t want to give it up.
As a parent who often hides DVDs from her toddler, I can attest to the fact that “under the microwave” is not a weird place to find, say, “Thomas The Tank Engine.”
We have a teenage patron who hid a bunch of “Vampire” TV show DVDs that her mother had forbidden her to check out in a dresser drawer and then forgot about them. The mom was not happy about paying THAT hefty fine.
When we replaced our refrigerator, we found a children’s book that the cat had apparently batted underneath it to join her stash of rubber bands and milk jar rings.
Mom: “I though we already returned that.”
Kid: “No, it’s in the Barbie house.”
Inside a recliner!
I have a friend who puts library books in her deep freeze to “kill the bedbugs” and has been known to forget them there.
A patron was having some work done on her house. When they opened up one of the walls, they found a stack of picture books that had been accidentally dry walled over during a previous renovation.
I grew up on a farm and once left a library book tucked into a little nook in the goat milking stand. We discovered it there later, months past its due date.
On top of a ceiling fan blade! The patron, a college student, thinks that a friend probably hid it there as a joke. He found it months later when he turned on the fan and the book went flying.