Lost pages – Cleburne Times
August 10, 2017 - Fifty Shades of Grey
It was a librarian who, in 2013, helped take some of a rarest books in a world.
Marino Massimo De Caro, a former executive of a Giroamini Library in Naples, Italy, was convicted and condemned to 7 years in jail in Italy in tie with a heist from a library of some 1,500 singular books by a likes of Aristotle, Galileo, Descartes and Machiavelli.
While no book thieves have committed allied heists during area libraries, librarians have beheld some common titles do go blank or have never been returned, among that are J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter array and a bestselling and erotic E.L. James novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and a trilogy companions.
Though a Harry Potter books seem to disappear from Cleburne Public Library shelves, it’s GED exam prep books that are many mostly not returned, pronounced Amy Graham, partner librarian. The exam prep books have to get transposed about 3 or 4 times per year.
Running a tighten second in blank and never returned books is “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff, a renouned beam to pregnancy, she said. It’s customarily transposed once or twice a year.
Although she can’t contend for certain because a pregnancy beam disappears, she pronounced it competence usually simply be mislaid by a trusting mom as she gets held adult in a fad and stresses of pregnancy.
Over a years, one book, Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, “Mein Kampf,” disappears frequently adequate a library keeps dual copies, one on a shelves in circulation, and one kept in a behind that can be review though not checked out, pronounced Tina Dunham, library director.
The Nazi leader’s book, created while imprisoned, summarized his anti-Semitism and his skeleton for Germany and a Nazi state.
The erotic escapades of business lord Christian Grey, for whatever reason, seem to attract utterly a bit of attention, according to area librarians.
“The usually books we’ve mislaid recently — about 6 months ago — were a duplicate of any of a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy,” pronounced Leanna Cowan, executive of a Alvarado Public Library. “Our emissary copies are now kept in a stable plcae and have to be requested for check out.”
Three copies any of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and supplement “Fifty Shades Freed” are listed as not returned during a Burleson Public Library, pronounced Sara Miller, emissary executive during a Burleson library.
Interestingly, it seems books disappear some-more mostly than DVDs or Blu-rays, during slightest according to statistics from a Burleson library. Currently, usually a science-fiction thriller “Inception” is listed among a equipment not returned to a library.
At a Alvarado library, tighter confidence measures seem to keep people from holding off with DVDs and Blu-rays, Cowan said.
“We haven’t mislaid any videos in several years,” she said. “Since we switched to DVD and Blu-ray format we keep a discs in locking drawers and check them out in a identical conform to a now gone Blockbuster franchise.”
People holding off with library books is a national problem, and according to a consult by a financial site The Street, holding a record for a book many stolen from American libraries is a “Guinness Book of Records,” followed, ironically, by a Bible.
Books with clever passionate calm like a “Fifty Shades” series, though also art books, according to a survey, seem to disappear from library shelves flattering often. The art books allegedly get stolen to be sole on eBay or by other channels.
Whatever a reason, whatever a book, librarians usually ask one favor.
“We wish the books back,” Graham said.