Library Worker Discovers Secret Codes Patrons Used To Track Books
The heartening news is that these people were reading so many books they couldn’t keep track of them.
Anyone who’s seen “ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” or “ Ghostbusters” knows that exciting things CAN happen in libraries, and a recent (nonfictional) mystery solved by a library worker proves just that.
Library employee Georgia Grainger shared an intriguing saga on Twitter, in a fashion that suggests she could become a mystery writer if she’s looking for a career change. She was notified of a bizarre pattern of markings in the same parts of different books, and …we’ll let Georgia take it from there.
So there was a MYSTERY at the library today. A wee old women came in and said "I've a question. Why does page 7 in… https://t.co/FAtzjK0on8— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522778937
I asked if she was doing it, she said she wasnt and showed me the new book she was getting out that she hadnt even… https://t.co/6LpXhI76m2— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522779071
My manager came back from doing arts and crafts with some of the kids and I decide to tell her about the serial kil… https://t.co/4YQ6aMs6a6— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522779638
Our computers do it automatically but many have been doing it since before that was possible, so Esther might under… https://t.co/9n3ShIA533— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522779789
It’s quite clever really but now I’m dying to just underline page 7 of every new wee old women book we get in.— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522779827
So, good news: there’s not a serial killer in the library whose MO include the number 7 and wartime romances. Bad n… https://t.co/sSTmoW0dcr— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522780016
While Georgia was quick to point out that broadcasting this technique could lead to a resurgence of light-grade literary vandalism, if it comes as a result of people reading so many books they can’t keep track, that’s probably a trade-off librarians are willing to make.
I'm now concerned that the amount of people enjoying this thread means there's going to be a new spate of readers u… https://t.co/GrZ1gGCfiR— Georgia Grainger (@Georgia Grainger) 1522842183
If you’re facing a similar issue but can’t bring yourself to mark up a shared book, there’s always GoodReads, which allows users to track their reading in a digital format.