Saturday, September 12, 2009

Forgotten Bookmarks

Not too long ago I wrote about a very cool blog I found called Forgotten Bookmarks. Basically, this blog is written by someone who works in a used and rare bookstore and buys books from people. He/she then posts pictures of the "forgotten bookmarks" that he/she finds in these books. It's really fascinating.

Anyway, as most of you know, I work in a library and I also find "stuff" in books all the time. Since most of the books I handle are current checkouts, the forgotten bookmarks I find are not all that interesting. Well, today someone donated a box of (fairly new) books for the library's book sale and a forgotten bookmark fell out of one. It was interesting enough that I decided to make my own Forgotten Bookmark post. (My photos are not as good as the real Forgotten Bookmarks, but I think you will still get the idea).

Note card, caption:

Anastasia was through making out with Ian. He was never going to change.

Found in:

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis

** I really struggled with whether or not to publish the content of the notecard and the sender/recipient names since this is a fairly recent note. Obviously, I decided to do it. What do you all think? Is this a breach of privacy? Should I remove the text of the note?

EDIT: After receiving some guidelines (in the comments section) from the Author of the REAL Forgotten Bookmarks, I decided to remove the photo and text of the inside of the notecard. On reflection, it does seem to be an invasion of privacy. For the record, it wasn't anything especially juicy or illuminating, so you're really not missing much. The picture on the front of the notecard is what made the whole "find" interesting.


unmoderated said...

My cutoff is 1970 or so, if I find something older than that, I will publish names, addresses, etc. Nice find!

Sue Jackson said...

Pretty cool! I think it's OK since no last names, right? And nothing scandalous!

Most of the forgotten bookmarks that fall out of my library books are just old receipts showing when the book was due! I did get an interesting one recently, though, in Flipped, a middle-grade novel I reviewed for my Great Books for Kids and Teens blog. Some young lady (judging by the handwriting) had filled the book with tiny Post-It notes with notes on them - notes, questions, vocab words she didn't know, etc.

I'll have to check out that Bookmark blog.


Sandy said...

I forgot about that blog. I never did get to check it out but maybe I will now. I think you probably did the right thing not showing the info on the card. Going forward you can always go on a case-to-case basis.

ck said...

I love this idea. I can only imagine how many treasures (and how much trash) you come across on a regular basis.

Forgive me for asking, but since I'm new to your blog I'm not sure, have you considered doing behind-the-scenes posts of what you witness at the library? I've seen some strange individuals roaming our library and have ofter wondered what they do when no one is watching...

(PS: Happy Saturday Sharefest!)

tori said...

oh my goodness I love that site! I wrote my own little ode to forgotten bookmarks a while back. Don't know if you saw it. Your find made me lol! Thanks for sharing!
heres my post if your interested

tori said...

oops sorry I'm such a ninny. I see now that you commented on my post duhhh! sorry pam!

From Janes Oven said...

Hey girl,
The card its self is a crack up.
I am going to check out that blog(excited)
Stopping by from Sits
Have a wonderful weekend

The Grown-Up Child said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! Thanks for stopping by my blog. You must find the neatest things in books. Thanks for sharing this one!

ModernMom said...

Oh I love this idea! Must be sure to check my books before returning to the library!

Gibby said...

Well, I don't know what the notecard said, but the picture is hysterical! What a great idea to post this sort of stuff.


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