US library exhibit shows ‘glimpse of humanity’ in lost objects in books

US library exhibit shows ‘glimpse of humanity’ in lost objects in books
US library exhibit shows ‘glimpse of humanity’ in lost objects in books
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OAKLAND, California, September 2 (Reuters) – Photographs, to-do lists, plane tickets and original children’s drawings are among thousands of lost and forgotten items in library books carefully collected during years by a librarian in California.

The items are now part of a collection called “Found in a Library Book” at the Oakland Public Library, whose main display cases in downtown branches feature post-its, maps, drawings and bookmarks.

Among the items are a ticket to an Oakland Athletics baseball game on April 25, 2013 and a ticket to a Heineken beer-related event dated November 19, 2002.

Any item found in a returned book in the library system is sent to Librarian Sharon McKellar, who began collecting the items 10 years ago. A few days ago she opened envelopes containing polaroid photos, two post-it notes stuck together with a list of ingredients on one and a list of Bible verses on the other and a single square sheet of toilet paper.

“I like to imagine where they come from,” said McKellar, who has worked at the library since 2003. “It looks like a really interesting archive of our community, the city and the people who use our libraries and the diversity within these. , and just kind of a glimpse into humanity and who we all are and how we’re all connected.”

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Reporting by Nathan Frandino; Written by Deepa Babington; Editing by Sandra Maler

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