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What We Leave Behind

The circulation department checks in thousands of books every month.  One thing of which we are certain is finding something someone unintentionally left behind.  We returned lottery tickets (no winners), discarded used boarding passes and wondered if a recipe was a keeper.  Often we are able to return items to the rightful owner; money, bookmarks, bills, prescriptions or doctor's instructions.  If the item falls out of the book or there is nothing to identify the owner, it's added to our lost and found or the picture box on the circulation desk.  If only your pictures could talk we'd reunite Grandpa with his grandson, the graduate with prom pictures or the bridal party with the happy couple.  We keep pictures for a long time hoping someone will recognize a friend.  It has happened a few times, but it saddens us when pictures go unclaimed.  So check the pages before you return books, a picture is worth a thousand words but the ones you leave behind are silent. 

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