US News: This librarian collects forgotten treasures in the books that are reported to it

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Depuis dix ans, Sharon McKellar collectionne les objets laissés dans les livres. © Illustration Photo: Stanislav Kondratiev/Pexels for ten years, Sharon McKellar collects the objects left in the books.

of old yellowed photos, bus tickets, drafts, love letters ... For ten years, Sharon McKellar, librarian in Oakland in the United States, has found treasures in the books that have been returned to him. Today, his collection is around 350 objects.

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Books are full of treasure, sometimes more unexpected than those we think. For ten years, Sharon McKellar, employed in the public library of the city of Oakland, in the United States, has recovered the objects left in the books which are returned to him. Today, its collection presents around 350 finds and is visible on a digital gallery entitled Found in a Library Book , in French found in a library book, tells the American public radio, NPR.

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L’un des mots récupérés par la bibliothécaire, faisant référence à « Borok Oboma ». © Photo: Sharon McKellar (screenshot) One of the words recovered by the librarian, referring to "Borok Oboma".

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"I always collected the little things I found in library books and I knew that other people did it too. So that's how it started. It was quite simple, I was inspired by a magazine called Found Magazine ", said Sharon McKellar.

This digital exhibition has grown so much that the other Oakland librarians even send them their own finds to scan them.

The pleasure of imagination

among the treasures that the librarian has found, it is mainly words or drawings that seem to have been made by children, such as a note saying: "I have a secret, I lied to her when I told her that she was my favorite friend when she is not […].

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Sharon McKellar has even found a letter written in French, dated to Christmas day, written by a woman to a certain Enrique, to wish her good luck in her new life in America.

Some of Sharon McKellar's favorite finds even seem to have been left on purpose. "There is a book, Mathilda de Roald Dahl, who was entirely annotated by a person who left post-it throughout the pages, with his impressions during his reading.

The American explained to American public radio that the interest of her collection does not reside in the value of the objects found, but in imagining the history that there is behind the objects. "It allows us to be a little fucking. It’s like reading someone’s intimate newspaper without knowing who it’s. »

La note réclamée par Jamee Longacre. © Photo: Sharon McKellar (screenshot) The note claimed by Jamee Longacre.

Only one object has been claimed in ten years

in ten years, the library employee has only received one complaint to recover one of the lost objects. It was last July, a person from California showed up, Jamee Longacre. As she looked out of curiosity the digital gallery, her gaze was attracted to the photo of a green paper. "To joke, I approached my computer screen and I laughed alone when I realized that it was my writing," she told the NPR.

She added that she remembers having written this word, but impossible to remember for whom, or the context. The mystery of this note remains whole because Jamee Longacre said that she had never come to this library.

There are still many objects waiting to be pinned to the digital gallery of the library. Sharon McKellar keeps a box, under his office, with notes waiting to be scanned. When she takes out one of the treasures to examine it, the librarian likes to ask:

"What if it was a precious object for someone? Does the person regret having lost it? Does this object miss? ».

Maybe that she will never have the answer to her questions, but it is always thinking of organizing a competition to imagine a story behind these little treasures of everyday life.

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