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An Idaho Ruffian is Hiding Library Books Criticizing Trump

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.

 

 

Right now, we have three copies of Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff. We only would have ever bought one…We have three copies of the April Ryan book and we would have only bought one of those.

 

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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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Library Book Returned 25 Years Late!

The Waverly Council Library took to Twitter to share a note from a patron who returned a copy of Philosophy for Beginners by Richard Osborne…25 YEARS LATE! When they finally returned the book, the patron included a nice handwritten note:

 

 

 

At the rate of 30 cents per day for overdue books, this forgetful library patron would be facing a bill for about $2,700. Luckily for them, most libraries cap fines at $10-20.

 

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Did the borrower take twenty-five-years to finish the book? Did they initially steal it before having a change of heart? Did they just forget about it all this time?

Who knows? One thing’s for sure, Waverly Council Library is just glad to have Philosophy for Beginners back on its shelves. “How could we be mad?” their tweet about the situation reads.

 

 

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Waldsassen Abbey is the Fairy Tale Library You Need to Visit

From the outside, you might not guess that this humble nunnery nestled in Bavaria, Germany houses one of the most beautiful libraries you’ve ever seen!

 

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The abbey was originally founded all the way back in 1147, but in the nineteenth century it was bought out and converted into a cotton factory. However, in 1863 a group of Cistercian nuns bought it back and began restoring the Abbey to its former glory.

 

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The library was built in 1724-6. Karl Stilp, a local sculptor from the 18th century, created the intricate linden wood carvings that adorn the walls and banisters. The library also features an absolutely stunning painted ceiling with ornamental plaster work made by Karl Hofreiter.

 

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The columns supporting the upper-level balustrade were carved in the shape of allegorical figures emanated to represent vanity, ignorance, and boastfulness among others.

 


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The library is home to thousands of rare and antique books, some bound in pigskin and calfskin.

 

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The history and beauty of Waldsassen Library makes it a fascinating place for book lovers everywhere. Looks like it’s time to book a ticket to Germany to take a tour!

 

 

 

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Cafe Pushkin Is Every Book and Food Lover’s Dream!

Housed in a mansion built during the 19th century, Cafe Pushkin is a five-star restaurant serving French and Russian cuisine in the heart of Moscow.

 

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Cafe Pushkin’s traditional Russian menu is a bit expensive, but it’s world class cuisine is worth it when you consider the fact you’ll be eating in one of the most beautiful Baroque libraries in the world.

 

 

Just imagine thumbing through something by Tolstoy or Dostoevsky after your meal!

 

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Though the restaurant only opened in 1999, dining at Café Pushkin feels like stepping back in time to the days when high society nobles gathered in the mansion to discuss literature, art, and politics.

 

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There are multiple distinct areas inside — such as The Pharmacy Hall, Fireplace Hall, Summer Terrace — each with its own fabulous décor and atmosphere.

 

 

However, book lovers are definitely going to want to dine in the library or mezzanine, which houses the antique collections from the mansion. The Baroque-style decor and rows upon rows of antique books is enough to make any 19th century fan swoon!

 

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If you’re a Russian Lit fan, you should definitely check out this delightfully bookish restaurant if you ever visit Moscow!

 

 

 

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Five Ways to Level Up Your Bookshelf

There are a lot of amazing ideas out there for how to organize your bookshelves, from the controversy and the minimalism of facing your books spine in, to the confusing technicolor glory of arranging by color, I think I’m the only one still alphabetizing. However you organize your books, though, there area  few things you can add to make your shelves even prettier.

 

1. Decorative Book Ends

 

Add a splash of color to your shelves with this purple agate and gold covering. Heavy enough to hold up your hardbacks, and pretty enough to make you want to replace your simple steel ones.

 

On the other hand, if your books are colorful enough already, or you’re going for a monochrome look, try these lion book ends. Griffindor pride?

 

 

A few of these bookends can lend life and cohesion, and have a wonderful antique feel, like a library in a victorian manor.

 

 

2. Decorative Lights

 

Fairy lights are classic, and no one’s hating, but here are a few other options for bookshelf lamps, like this moon lamp. All moon lamps are good moon lamps, but this one actually hovers.

 

 

Alternatively, if space isn’t your thing, try this open book lamp for all your book viewing needs.

 

 

And it changes colors! Perfect for on top of your bookshelves or next to your books, or really anywhere you need some light in your life.

 

 

3. Antique Clocks

 

Ever lose track of time while reading? It’s caused a lot of problems for me. Avoid this foible by adding this antique clock to your bookshelf.

 

 

Sure, you could use a normal clock, but this clock makes your shelf seem like a library and not just a pile. It looks so official.

 

 

4. Bookmark Organizers

 

Bookmarks always going everywhere? Solve all of life’s problems (or like, most of them) with this book shaped caddie.

 

 

I know there’s shelf controversy, but how do we sort our bookmarks? Discuss.

 

 

5. Globes

 

A globe is great if you need to fill some space on top of shelves, or if your bookshelves are absolutely massive. Plus, and you might be sensing a theme, this one looks antique and fun.

 

Deco 79 Traditional Wood, Metal, and Plastic Decorative Globe, 14''H,9''W, Multicolored Finish

 

This globe will make you look WISE. Worldly. Plus if you forget which countries are adjacent to which, there’s your answer.

 

 

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