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So there was a MYSTERY at the library today. A wee old women came in and said "I've a question. Why does page 7 in all the books I take out have the 7 underlined in pen? It seems odd." "What?" I say, thinking she might be a bit off her rocker. She showed me, and they did.
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
I asked if she was doing it, she said she wasnt and showed me the new book she was getting out that she hadnt even had yet. It also had the 7 underlined! "I don't know, maybe someone really likes page 7?" I said, assuming of course that there is a serial killer in the library.
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
I checked some other books. Most didn't have it, but a lot in this genre did - they're "wee old women" books (romances set in wartime Britain etc). Lots of underlined 7s. The woman who pointed it out shrugged and went on her way, "just thought you should know".
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
My manager came back from doing arts and crafts with some of the kids and I decide to tell her about the serial killer in the library. And that’s how I found out that a lot of our elderly clientele have secret codes to mark which books they’ve read before.
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
Our computers do it automatically but many have been doing it since before that was possible, so Esther might underline page 7, while Anne might draw a little star on the last page, and Fred might put an “f” on the title page. Then when they pick it up, they can check!
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
It’s quite clever really but now I’m dying to just underline page 7 of every new wee old women book we get in.
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Adam Ramsay Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
I wonder if you can cross reference with your computer system and work out who '7' is, and introduce them to your client - as they clearly have the same taste in books!
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
So, good news: there’s not a serial killer in the library whose MO include the number 7 and wartime romances. Bad news: people are defacing books rather than just asking us to scan them 😡
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @AdamRamsay
I probably could!! A few of them were v new with only a few loans so could easily narrow it down. Might have a word 😂
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @AdamRamsay
Tbh I now want to read a book about a budding friendship/romance between two library customers who write notes to each other on page 7 of books they think the other will read, after figuring out the code.
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David McClemont Apr 3
Replying to @green_grainger
I think it’s a spy thing, some kind of dead drop. We need to know what happens on page 7 of these books!
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 3
Replying to @DavoMc82
Might dig some of them out tomorrow to get photos 😂
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James Chesters Apr 4
Replying to @green_grainger
Now that I think of it, it raises the question: if the books are so interchangeable that reading the back doesn't tip them off, would they maybe prefer a different genre? If not, would they actually notice if they *had* already read that one?
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Doctor Aspic Apr 4
Replying to @green_grainger
My dad does this, but using two random initials "so they will never know it's me"
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 4
Replying to @Dr_Aspic
Tell him he underestimates the sleuthing powers of librarians!!! I'm away to find out who my page 7 vandal is this afternoon 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♀️
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Fionajay Apr 4
Replying to @green_grainger
Used to work in libraries and all the old ladies had their own code - came in useful when they went onto Home library deliveries! This was in the days before lib computers were clever enough to tell you you’d had it before!
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Megan Apr 4
Replying to @green_grainger
A public library I worked at had a system. All had a sheet on the inside back cover so the retirement home ladies & gents could record their names on the list once they'd read a blue (medical romance), pink (general romance) or brown (western) hardcover 📘💋👵😍
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 4
Replying to @Fionajay12
Our systems now pop up to say "last borrowed by customer on [x date]" when we scan it - very handy so we can tactfully let them know they might have read it before and ask if they want it again or not! Although it doesn't register across formats (hbk/pbk/large print)
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 4
Replying to @_mharvey
Clever! We could probably be doing with this - our Mills and Boons are VERY popular so often get asked to scan a pile to see if the customer has read them before.
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Georgia | Saoirse Apr 4
Replying to @jameschesters
I've had a few customers return books early because they realised they'd read them before! Said it spoiled the "will they, won't they" or love triangles in the book, but they're fairly set in their genre taste, so don't want to try anything else out.
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