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Evansville library shows off forgotten bookmark collection, hold the bologna

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library posted a photo on Facebook this week showing walls covered in items people have used for bookmarks that were left in books upon return.
The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is showing off their forgotten bookmarks. (Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library/Facebook)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - A southern Indiana library is showing off a unique collection of forgotten bookmarks, hold the lunch meat.

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library posted a photo on Facebook this week showing walls covered in items people have used for bookmarks that were left in books upon return.

While many of the bookmarks are the traditional long, narrow strip of card stock (possibly with a tassel), there are some more unusual page markers in the display. A "Where's Waldo?" search of the display reveals postcards from Denver and Alabama, business cards, artwork (including a sketch of a unicorn and a Tyrannosaurus Rex wearing flowery shorts), a needlepoint snowman, football and baseball cards and cards featuring Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson.

📖 Here are just a *few* of the objects used as bookmarks and returned to EVPL! One of the oddest bookmarks returned? A piece of bologna. PSA: Please do not use lunch meat as a bookmark.

Posted by Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Not pictured? Bologna.

The library said they once found a piece of bologna used as a bookmark in a returned book.

"Please do not use lunch meat as a bookmark," the library asked in the post.

A representative of the library said they have also found letters and "lots of pictures" left in books, but the bologna remains the strangest bookmark of all.

They said no one has claimed their lost bookmark, edible or otherwise.