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Overdue Library Book Returned After 40 Years

Clifford Lindsey Alderman’s Symbols of Magic Amulets and Talismans is a great book—so great in fact that this one anonymous reader took it out for no less than forty-one years!


 Symbols of Magic Amulets and Talismans

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Kirkus Reviews might have called this examination of charms of the past and present that “the information is poorly organized and unevenly detailed,” but someone must have liked it. Or, more than likely, forgotten about it completely.



But forty-one years? Honestly, that’s not the longest overdue library book we’ve seen on Bookstr. Right now 82 years bites the cake, but we’ll add it to the ongoing saga anyway. The good news is that, for all you readers out there with library books crammed into every forgotten crevice of your place, you could definitely be worse. How much worse? Well, it’s possible that this library book was missing for longer than you’ve been alive, so let’s just say BAD.

So here’s the story:


Greensboro public library

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The Greensboro Public Library received an unexpected surprise in the mail when they received a copy of the book in the mail. Opening it up, it was discovered that the book should have been returned sometime in 1978.

News & Record reports that “[b]ased on the 5 cents-per-day fine (Sundays included) printed on the card sleeve, the overdue fine, not counting inflation, would be about $750.” Could that have been part of the reason the borrower didn’t return it earlier?



Greensboro Library hasn’t given away any information that would help us find the culprit, but if I were them I would just put in the mailbox so I didn’t have to put a return address on them.

(If I were them. In case you’re wondering, I’m not from North Carolina.)



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Mother and daughter read outside the Book & Snack mobile

This Cute Mobile Library Keeps Kids Learning During Summer

It would be impossible to overstate the importance of summer reading and the threat of that pesky “summer slide” that affects each and every classroom. To combat this dreaded phenomenon, Scholastic came up with the idea for “Read-a-Palooza” to help inspire kids to read… and the town of Sapulpa in Oklahoma has come up with their own unique way.

A book & snack mobile has recently started making the rounds through the town of Sapulpa from 9:00AM to 12:10PM, making four stops to offer children books to read and snacks to munch on. One of the biggest challenges teachers face in Sapulpa is having to reteach material from the previous year for a month before being able to reintroduce new things. What this Book & Snack mobile does is offer children a book to read, any book, to help keep them up to speed. Even if this helps cut back on a week or two of reteaching, it is a huge step forward for teachers. In just its first week, the mobile has checked out over 200 books and gave out around 60 meals to children.


Book & Snack Mobile Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Julie Enlow, a Sapulpa Public School instructional coach, helped organize this project by reaching out for donations from Sapulpa Public Schools and Caring Community Friends, which is the largest food pantry in the county. With the monetary donations, they have found themselves able to buy books and meals to not only solve the ‘summer slide’ but also to combat childhood hunger in their neighborhood. She was able to secure a $37,000 donation from United Way in 2017, and she and her friends immediately got to work on making this concept come to life.

Sapulpa Public High School teacher, Jeremy Lusk, has spent a good amount of time riding around on this bus, commenting on the excitement of the children being “almost like it was an ice cream truck.” Kids should be this excited to read, and I am so happy that communities and companies are finding their own way to make this a reality. On his participation, Lusk added:

I heard that they were doing this, and being a reading teacher, I said I’d help in any way I can just because I love the idea.

What do you all think about Sapulpa’s solution to this problem? Would you like to see something similar in your community?

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Building Turned Into Jaw-Dropping Bookcase Illusion

Stand by for a warm and fuzzy feeling.

It has often been said, by those who enjoy a good book, that we live inside of our soft and hardcover friends. Such a notion has never held more validity than it does for the lucky residents of an anonymous building in Utrecht, Netherlands. The aesthetically pleasing surprise comes courtesy of illustrious street artist Jan Is De Man and tattoo artist Deef Freed‘s handy-work.


Trompe L'oeil Art by Jan Is De Man
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The owners of this building, who love a good read, asked their delineating friend, Jan Is De Man to deface—or rather reface their previously boring structure. De Man took it upon himself to ask local residents to suggest book titles he could include in his creation; his goal was to create something that reflected a culturally-diverse community in unison (without offending of course: no trigger-happy literature). The result is a mural displaying a wide variety of books which includes literature spanning eight different languages. Unfortunately, I will not provide a list of those books in this article—feel free to pinch and zoom at your leisure.


Literature Themed Mural in Utrecht
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“We’ve noticed that this project brought people together without pushing it,” said De Man, “they met each other through books. Regardless of the differences in cultures, regardless of the differences in political point of views. Regardless of being extreme right or extreme left. Books are magical. They tickle your brain. And everyone can read the same book, but feel something different.”

De Man’s friend, who also lives in the building, had wanted the artist to paint a mural on his home for some time; however, De Man’s original plan was not of the literary variety. Being a huge fan of Forest Gump (I can only assume), De Man wanted to paint a huge smiley face on the building. Typically, when people see a smile, their moods are naturally lifted. After studying the shape of the building, it dawned on De Man that smiles are provoked by all sorts of things—therein lies the idea of a bookcase. A structure that’s functionality most closely resembles that of a community, a family, a hug, a home.


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India’s First Community-Owned Feminist Library

In the small neighborhood of Bandra in Mumbai, Aqui Thami has founded the first community-owned feminist library, Sister Library. It houses all the greats from Virginia Woolf to Arundhati Roy. Dazed Digital held an exclusive interview with Thami talking about the importance of such a community staple.

In her interview, Thami explains why Sister Library was necessary in starting conversations in India:

“Since our society is caste segregated, knowledge production and sharing has always been historically restricted, so even if there are amazing works by women they are in universities and private libraries with no or limited access.”


Aqui Thami founder of Sister Library

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Thami herself is an artist and activist, saying that her art is her form of activism. She has been using it to spark conversations for all areas of feminism including sexual abuse and periods. To fund the library, she raised over 700,000 rupees through crowdfunding sources to allow her to rent out the space for a year. She isn’t closing these sources, however, hoping that she can eventually raise enough to keep their doors open permanently.

Even on its first day, the library had inspired the neighborhood of sisters to come together. On its opening day, there were around sixty visitors. Women and young girls from around the neighborhood helped with unloading boxes, killing cockroaches, and setting up for business, making its name even more fitting. After all, Thami is looking for this to be more than just a building with books. She wants it to be fun for the whole community, where anyone can come to learn or just have a safe space to hang out.

Aqui Thami’s story is absolutely inspiring, and you can help her cause by making a donation.

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A Rockin’ Librarian Ignites the Web With Her Third Song

Will this rockin’ librarian’s debut song be a hit? Hopefully, because if kids don’t get the message, then we have a public service warning for you about a “beautiful and talented librarian” so upset that she’s ransacking hallways in an effort to locate overdue library books.

Looks like your school library books—from Harry Potter Books to The Hunger Games (Yes, even The Magic Tree House books), all have to be returned to librarian Mary Evelyn Smith at Liberty Elementary in Worthington, Ohio, before school lets out on May 22nd, or else!

If you’re concerned right now, don’t be. It’s a music video called “Bring Back Your Books” that parodies Walk the Moon’s hit song, “Shut Up and Dance.”

This isn’t the first music video Mary Evelyn Smith has created. Her first music video entitled “All Them Books Video” and was a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” Calm, cool, it’s great music made with a stellar video.

Don’t believe me? Watch it below!

This 2015 song is really neat, and it was such a hit that she made a second one entitled, “Sorry,” a parody of Justin Bieber’s song of the same name.

It’s great, it’s funny, it’s got a slow but melodic beat. The only problem is it came out two years ago. In an email Mary Evelyn Smith wrote to 10TV, “I usually see a little rush of books coming back the day after the video is released… but regardless of the books, I’d say it’s 100 percent effective when it comes to building a positive and fun community here at school.”

So obviously she had to make another one.

This one is a bit different. It starts off on a subtle note by parodying a news broadcast with two students, an unnamed girl and boy sitting side by side with the phrase “Change Your Mindset” behind it.

They speak in what I can only describe as Newscaster-speak, something that reminds me of the fish from Spongebob SquarePants.

Fish newscasters on Spongebob

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The jokes are corny but cute, the standout one being, “Today’s forecast calls for a high temperature of your ice cream melts before you can eat it”.

The boy could definitely be an A-lister one day, something like Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy or Bill Tannen from Back to the Future, but the girl is so fun to watch, furiously chewing gum a la Violet Beauregarde before taking it from her mouth and rolling it between two fingers right in front of the camera. They both play off each other, which builds up to the tension when-

A GOOSE COMES IN WITH A MESSAGE! And guess what? It’s the iconic goose from the second music video.

What could be the urgent message? It’s far worse than any of us could ever imagine: a mad librarian looking for books!

The children are shocked and frightened, especially as reports come in about teachers doing “dance moves that they definitely are not cool enough to be attempting”. It’s funny and deflates any awkwardness from the music video that rolls in…

Check the video out below! The music starts about a minute and ten seconds in and while its a rockin’ song, the students give the perfect set up.



Mary Evelyn Smith also told 10TV: “The teachers have a blast being in front of the camera. It is nice to have fun and be silly together at the end of the year.”

Let’s hope they had as much fun as we did!



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