Monday, September 15, 2008

Found in the bookdrop...

In library work, processing returned items is a mundane task most of the time. We count the discs in CD and DVD cases to ensure that all are present. We briefly flip through each book to check for damage or personal items like photos.

If you do this task for any length of time, you will notice that there is often a correlation between a book's problem and the subject matter of the book. Things that have come through in the last several years include a number of dog obedience books bearing evidence of a puppy's attention. Books about cockatiels and parakeets have shown up with pecked covers; parenting books have been returned with a ragged corner still moist from its encounter with a teething child.   Kayaking Around the Sound came back so wet it nearly dripped.

We've seen cookbooks with substantial oil splatters and gardening books with leafy matter between the pages.   A novel came back with, believe it or not, a slice of uncooked bacon used as a bookmark.

All of this leads up to a couple of things returned to the bookdrop last week:

1.  A cutting bit from a tile-cutting tool, resting in the middle of Tiling 1-2-3.

2.  $728 cash, nestled within a book about how to stop misplacing things.  Before this book came in, the top cash amount found in a book was a $50 bill.

Libraries.  Stick around long enough and you'll have Tales To Tell, most of them involving a smile.

In other news, I dropped off my first Read And Release book yesterday (a Taylor Caldwell novel) as a member of BookCrossing.  It will be interesting to see how well (or not) this works in Port Orchard.  I may be more successful if I leave books where the moiling masses are, i.e. a Seattle ferry vs the local laundromat.

I still haven't blogged about Cupcakes and at this point probably won't anytime soon.  But I will say that I tried a recipe for Mango Cupcakes with Mango Buttercream.  The cupcake was okay but the icing...whoa...I could eat the icing on its own.  If you like cupcakes, either baking or eating, you might enjoy Couture Cupcakes.  Sometimes she shares her recipes, sometimes she doesn't, but her blog is almost always a good read.  And I learn things unsuspected about the cupcake world - did you know there's an Iron Cupcake competition?  In the most recent one, entries had to contain sweet basil in the ingredient list.  Hmm.  I like sweet basil, but...

Will you look at that!  I blogged about cupcakes, after all.  I'll post the Mango Buttercream recipe next time.  Stay tuned.


Thaydra said...

A slice of uncooked bacon? Who in the world would do such a thing? Wow.... and I thought I'd heard it all.

You will definately have to give me the mango cupcake recipie. Sounds delish! And I'm always up for new tastes!

slee said...

Yup, bacon. Kathy discovered it - probably the strangest "bookmark" to date, although other things are right up there on the list. Including items of...ahem...a personal nature.