An Unfortunate Book: The Beatrice Letters

I love Lemony Snicket–I know some children’s librarians find it painful to read his books. I must have a harder heart, because they make me laugh. But it’s not a small, incidental (here, meaning not of prime or central importance) piece of information that the pictures in The Beatrice Letters have large, punch-out letters that make it an almost impossible book for library collections.

We are currently in negotiations with Technical Services as to whether it will be worth reinforcing each letter with tape so it can’t be punched out, or whether we will rely on the kindness of other, more patient libraries to fill our holds. It is even more annoying than the Dora the Explorer book that came a couple of weeks ago with a punch-out bracelet in the back cover.

And by the way, Ingram, it would have been nice if you had mentioned the word “consumable” (a word which here means, will wreck library books) somewhere on your iPage!

Edited to add: I love our Technical Services Dept! They taped all 26 of those darned letters three times over for the three copies! That took a whole lot of tape, and a whole lot of patience.

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