The librarians at the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, public library usually spend most of their days helping patrons and doing the day-to-day upkeep of the library. However, they’ve recently had to play an elaborate game of hide-and-seek with one disgruntled patron who keeps hiding books critical of Donald Trump.
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Bette Ammon, the library director for Coeur d’Alene, said about 20 books have disappeared or been deliberately misplaced in the past year:
A gun rights book, we just found it last week behind the O’s in the fiction [section] on the bottom shelf behind a bunch of books.
This ruse apparently began last summer in 2018. Around that time, the librarians received a strange comment card:
I noticed a large volume of Books attacking our President. I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hands of young minds. Your liberal angst gives me great pleasure.
The author of that note probably wouldn’t be too happy now, though. The Coeur d’Alene library has had to reorder copies of certain books like Fire and Fury to meet demand. Often, librarians find the hidden copies in the library months or weeks later. But, since they’ve already bought the replacement, they just keep both.
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The librarians at Coeur d’Alene of course tried to get to the bottom of it. They tried putting up a web camera to catch the perpetrator in the act. But they quickly realized they had nowhere near enough time to comb through all the footage. One librarian flew his drone through the library to search for the misplaced books.
Those are only the tops of the stacks, so we couldn’t see the shelves down below, but it was kind of fun to do that.
Overall, Ammon wishes the perpetrator would just put this whole thing to rest. Instead of having to go on these wild goose chases every few weeks, she wishes the library could just be let alone to do its job: connecting readers with the books they want.
“People want to be able to read what they want to read and don’t want others to control them,” Ammon said.
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