It's no secret that teen books over the past several years have become more popular with older (and younger) readers. And as the popularity has grown, the books themselves have gotten longer, become series, and gotten some serious cover makeovers. A Short Story in Teen Book Covers
A couple of years ago, I received what seemed like a fairly odd call from a patron. This person had found several of the library's books in a dumpster up in Seattle and had called out of concern that they might have been stolen. Sure enough, the books had been checked out and never returned. This is common enough, but to migrate up north and then wind up in a dumpster? And they were in like-new condition, which made it even more odd. I mean, the person who had checked them out was still linked to them, meaning they owed late fees and the cost of the books themselves, so why not save yourself some money and turn the books in if you're going to just throw them out? Stolen Superman found! What's hiding in your storage unit?
The good samaritan mailed them back to us and, after a quick cleaning, they were checked in. It's not the first time library books have had a roundabout journey back to us. We even had one paperback that had been found in an airport in the southwest and mailed back to us. But I get a kick out of these stories and it makes me think about all the traveling library materials must go through. Where have these books, movies, and CDs wandered to on people's summer vacations, family outings, and business trips?