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These Are Not the Book Drops You Are Looking For

The Vassar Library could be a model for J.K. Rowling’s work:

Vassar Library - front

Vassar Library – front

A closer look at the jarringly contemporary containers along the mid-left edge of that picture:

Vassar Library - Trash and recycling containers

Vassar Library – Trash and recycling containers

Pop quiz: How many books did they find in the trash before they added the placards?

Bonus: How much did that reduce the burn rate? It’s surely still nonzero, because nobody reads instructions. Right?

Double bonus: Does the real book drop sport a “This is NOT a trash can” placard?

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  1. #1 by rkward on 2015-07-12 - 09:48

    They really tried to make them look like book drops though. Its hard to believe that anyone who would have gone the library to get a book in the first place would have made the mistake of placing them in the trash versus a real return.

    • #2 by Ed on 2015-07-12 - 10:03

      You’d like to believe that, but …

  2. #3 by tantris on 2015-07-12 - 16:22

    There is a reason why mailboxes are all the exact same color.

    • #4 by Ed on 2015-07-12 - 17:15

      I’d be hard-pressed to testify when I last pulled one of their handles, but they’re blue, with occasional olive-drab “this is not a mail box” carrier storage units.

      You’d never use one of those as a trash can, right? [sigh]

  3. #5 by Red County Pete on 2015-07-12 - 22:53

    If you don’t want it mistaken for a book drop, don’t make it look like a book drop…

    You get the odd brain-dead behavior every once in a while. A good friend “mailed” his keys once. The local taqueria has a tray for silverware to the valued customers who rate better than plastic. (We count, but I better not toss any.)