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Exploits of a Booklicker

Not so long ago, this may have happened.

I was sitting at a desk with a colleague. A woman nearby began licking a book with great enthusiasm.

Lick lick lick.

Then she’d hold it away from her and squint at it, assessing.

We were so thunderstruck that neither of us did anything.

Lick lick lick. 

Finally it was enough. Enough licking, I mean. She frowned at the book, which was now very wet. She scrubbed the open book furiously on her leg.

Shortly afterwards, a librarian was heard to say to another librarian, from whose collection the book had come, “Someone was seen licking this book.”

He did not know how to respond. So it goes.

Update: To clarify, the book was open. The inner pages were being licked, not the covers. 

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  • spencer December 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Disgusting. I’m not a mysophobe or anything, but I am sometimes disturbed by the thought of what library books are exposed to. Perils of the trade, I suppose.

  • Pamela Joy December 29, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Hi Josh,
    Just finished listening to The W.S.L., on audiobook. LOVED IT! I live 20 miles SW of Durango, CO, so I listened every day, on the way to and from town. I did not want the book to end, I have so enjoyed “getting to know you”. You made me laugh and think, and you taught me much about Tourette’s and the Mormon church.
    Anyway, my daughter and I just watched the youtube video of you and Janette talking about the book, and who would play you in the movie. My daughter mentioned Jim Parsons (Sheldon from Big Bang Theory), and I agree! He’s tall (at least compared to his co-cast members), and quirky. What’ya think??
    Well, thanks for a good read (listen!),
    Keep on truckin’,

  • Beth Gainer January 4, 2015, 5:34 am

    Yuck! Library books are so dirty (no offense) and goodness knows where these books have come from.

  • Jack M January 13, 2015, 9:51 am

    Perhaps she was just getting the flavor of the book, LOL!

  • Karen Tobo January 27, 2015, 8:29 pm

    There was that bit about “library candy” in Benioff’s City of Thieves. Was she licking the outer parts of the pages or the gluey bits near the binding?

  • Allison the Libarian February 16, 2015, 3:29 pm

    Maybe the booklicker was trying to clean something off? As a high school librarian, I’d find all kinds of food bits and other messes inside the library books, and all too often–yuck–spit-out wads of chewing tobacco. Maybe the booklicker would be able to hire herself out??