Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mysterious Paper Sculptures

Have you all seen the amazing book sculptures left in libraries around Edinburgh?  They are really quite stunning.  And such a thoughtful and generous way to show appreciation for these essential institutions.

We get some lovely gifts from our patrons who sometimes bring us flowers or baked goods, and always hand them directly to us and get a big "thanks!".

The things we tend to receive anonymously are more on the weird side.  I swear I heard a story about someone finding teeth in the bookdrop one morning, but when trying to track down the source of that story, no one had heard it but me.  I'm sure I didn't make it up, though! Was it a misguided attempt to contact the tooth fairy?  A late night brawl in parking lot?

I know we've definitely had a kitten put in our bookdrop overnight. Quite the surprise for the morning crew! Fortunately, the kitten was not injured by books coming in on top of it and eventually found a good home.

What fabulous anonymous gifts has your library received? Or, barring that, what's the weirdest thing your library has received?

1 comment:

  1. Those paper sculptures showing up in Scotland are so beautiful, exquisitely done, and obviously made with love - I first learned of these on Twitter. Scotland's libraries are facing devastating budget cuts and potential closure of 100's of its libraries, yet there is much support from the people, including the individual(s) making the scuptures, each left with a note that has the phrase, "in support of libraries, books, words, ideas..."