In the back of my favorite bookstore in Brooklyn, there’s a wall covered in all the random things the employees have found in the used books they sell: photos, newspaper clippings, notes, receipts, pressed flowers, etc. It’s a fascinating little archive, both meaningless and somehow magical, like all things lost and found.
But those of you without a local bookstore wall-o-ephemera can also burn a little time combing through a similar collection from the comfort of your couch—this weekend, BoingBoing pointed me toward the Oakland Public Library’s Found in a Library Book page, which collects the many artifacts left by patrons (and found by librarians) in the library’s books. They’ve got everything, and it’s…weirdly addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.