ASMA KHALID, HOST:
Have you ever grabbed a grocery list, a ticket stub or, hey, even a crochet hook to use as a bookmark? Well, the Oakland Public Library now has a collection of those random items left behind in returned books.
SHARON MCKELLAR: A lot of postcards - sent and unsent, written and unwritten - concert tickets and Big Red gum wrappers and homework - anything you can imagine, really.
A MARTINEZ, HOST:
Librarian Sharon McKellar started a lost and found archive on the library's website. And under the banner of Found in a Library Book was an old, green sticky note that an eagle-eyed patron recognized as their own lost treasure.
JAMEE LONGACRE: The note says brat. B - banana; R - rice cereal; A - applesauce; T - toast. Constipation in babies.
KHALID: Jamee Longacre says she was not sure at first that the handwriting was indeed hers.
LONGACRE: I even, like, jokingly leaned further in closer to my computer screen and went, yeah, that's me. That's how I - yeah. Yep. How did this end up there? And I just kind of, like, giggled to myself.
MARTINEZ: Librarian McKellar likes to imagine the people and the stories behind the items.
MCKELLAR: It lets us be a little bit nosy in a very anonymous way. It's like reading people's secret diaries a little bit, but without knowing who they are.
KHALID: The collection now has close to 400 photos, sticky notes, cards, letters and artifacts. And it is, of course, growing all the time.
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