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The Secret Lives of Library Patrons

   February 22nd, 2011

Lots of library-related secrets this week at PostSecret:






I have never found a note someone left in a library book, but what amazing potential.

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6 Responses to “The Secret Lives of Library Patrons”

  1. Liz Says:

    I was curious as to what was under the barcode sticker in the center postsecret, and have been checking the site repeatedly to see if he had successfully removed it and uploaded a new picture or stated what was printed underneath (if it was still legible).

    Evidently, this is not the first time this has happened: http://www.postsecretcommunity.com/chat/viewtopic.php?t=335288

    Ah well – guess we’re not meant to know. ;P

  2. michele Says:

    I’ve found doodles in public library books. I have them hanging in my apartment! I also collect the random papers I find at work (I work in an academic library) and the random notes and such I find when I check out books from the public library.
    This would be an amazing project, akin to the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project: http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject.

  3. Sarah Says:



  4. Liz Says:

    If anyone else was wondering what was hidden under the bar code… “come back for me” (posted on facebook)

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  6. Liz (a different one!) Says:

    I found a letter about someone following their dream of going to culinary school tucked into a PostSecret book at Borders. It ended with, “I’m on the way to my dream, are you?” and is now tacked on my wall, as a reminder.