Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Library doesn't need/want your crusty, used '50 Shades of Grey' donation...

While going through donations to see if they could be added to our collections, I came across this filthy mcnasty copy of 50 Shades.  The first half of the book is "water" damaged.  I say "water" because I have no idea what fluid touched this book nor do I want to know.  The thing is, patrons usually drop off books by the bag or box load. 

If a patron dropped this book by itself, I'm fairly certain my coworkers working the circ desk would have thrown this damaged book in the trash.  All of the other books in the lot were nice and dry... except for this one.  I really should not be surprised that a patron actually thought that the condition of this book was "good enough" for the library's shelves.  Silly patrons, damaged books are for the trash-can, not the library.

Needless to say I burned this book as well as my desk... and the cart this book was sitting on.


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    1. Yeah, I was about to open up the janitor's closet and decontaminate the whole branch.

  2. Yuck. I bet someone would buy it though if you threw it on the sale cart.

    1. Yeah, I'm sure someone would have, but I didn't want the Friends to touch it, or have it come in contact with other donations.