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Weirdest things Denver librarians find hidden between book pages | The Denver Post

A librarian is sharing the staff’s finds — from lunch meat to marijuana leaves — in blog posts with pictures

By Elizabeth Hernandez | | The Denver Post, PUBLISHED: April 25, 2022 at 9:05 a.m. | UPDATED: April 26, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Andy Cross, The Denver Post. Library assistant Tiffany Ruhl peels off stickers that designate books as new at the Denver Public Library’s Ross-University Hills Branch on July 1, 2020.

When Walt Disney said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island,” he likely wasn’t envisioning bologna slices stuffed between pages.

But Denver librarians count the meat product among the trove of items found inside returned library books and collected by staff.

Madison Hosack, a librarian at Denver Public Library’s Central Library, is tasked with evaluating collections, meaning Hosack and her colleagues go through the stacks to check books’ conditions.

During that process, she and her coworkers began collecting the items — odd, funny, sweet or perishable — that they come across while flipping through the pages.

“It’s such a range of stuff that you’ll find,” Hosack said. “Bookmarks from all over the world, to-do lists, little doodles or drawings.”

An illustrated story entitled “The Lousy Ketchup Bottle.” Marijuana leaves. An origami bird. A Pokémon card. A Cinemark ticket stub to “Little Women.” A bookmark from Stardust Book Emporium in Savannah, Georgia. The aforementioned lunch meat.

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