Sunday, August 20, 2006

Thieves Stop at Nothing

The Richmond Review (VA) reports that book thieves have hit a display at the Brighouse branch of the Richmond Public Library, snatching all but one of about a dozen books that were pulled to show the impact of vandalism on books. "Library officials are learning nothing is safe from thieves intent on adding new titles to their bookcases."

I'm sure this happens at every library (sadly), but this article goes on to note the lengths to which some materials thieves will go: "
Library staff recently found an English-language Pippi Longstocking book with barcodes from a missing Chinese cookbook placed over top. Some page thieves even glue the new facing pages together - something casual readers might not notice."

(h/t Bibliophile Bullpen)