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.