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January 27, 2010

The Mysterious Gatsby


I went to the library last night to pick up a few CDs I'd requested from another library in the system, and there was an old copy of The Great Gatsby rubber banded to them. There was a note in the book: something like "Ask if she still wants this." Um, sure! But did I ever? I vaguely remember thinking about rereading Gatsby a few months ago. (Jacob's incomparable and literary Gossip Girl recaps probably prompted this.) And it's plausible that I requested a copy from the library, although I don't specifically remember doing so. But I certainly don't remember cancelling the request, or hearing from the library that they couldn't get it. (And it's The Great Gatsby. Why would it take months for a copy to turn up in a decent-sized library system?) And it definite wasn't on my hold list any time recently. So it's a mystery. Is there some sort of helpful library elf making sure I read my classics?

Posted by Kat at January 27, 2010 11:00 AM

My rational side says maybe you requested it a couple of months ago and it was set aside for you right away but then mislaid or something for all that time until some librarian found it and went, oh! I wonder if she still even WANTS this.

My less-rational side is thinking "mind-reading library fairy."

PS There IS a library elf. www.libraryelf.com. He saves me probably a hundred dollars a year in fines. ;)

Posted by: Rachel at January 27, 2010 12:50 PM
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