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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:19 PM

Whodunit in the Library: Someone Keeps Hiding the Anti-Trump Books

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — From her office next to the public computer terminals, Bette Ammon finds herself peering through a window to watch patrons moving through the Coeur d’Alene library’s nonfiction stacks.

Someone has been hiding books lately — specifically, those that explore politics through a progressive lens, or criticize President Trump. They wind up misfiled in out-of-the-way corners where readers will be sure not to find them.

“I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hands of young minds,” the mystery book relocator wrote in a note left for Ms. Ammon, the library director, in the facility’s comment box. “Your liberal angst gives me great pleasure.”

For decades, Coeur d’Alene has navigated a delicate political landscape in northern Idaho, a conservative corner of the country where some have sought refuge from political and social changes elsewhere.

The incidents over this past year — including a missing book that was discovered only this week — were not the first time books have mysteriously disappeared. Thirty years ago, the library lost so many books on human rights to theft that they had to be placed in a locked cabinet. The latest works to be targeted cover a wide range of topics, from gun control and women’s suffrage to LGBTQ issues and how people of color fare in the criminal justice system. About half the books specifically deal with President Trump.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/whodunit-in-the-library-someone-keeps-hiding-the-anti-trump-books/ar-BBWyhNb?li=BBnbfcL

Considering that Coeur d'Alene isn't far from Hayden Lake, home of the Aryan Nations, I guess they're lucky the only problem is missing books.

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Reply Whodunit in the Library: Someone Keeps Hiding the Anti-Trump Books (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 10 OP
fierywoman Nov 10 #1
Takket Nov 10 #2
klook Nov 10 #3
Haggis for Breakfast Nov 10 #4
llmart Nov 10 #5
dalton99a Nov 10 #6
Initech Nov 10 #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:25 PM

1. Easy solution: when the books are found, keep them behind the scenes where only the

librarians have access to them, kinda like R-rated material. The librarians I know would be furious that patrons did not have access to info, ANY info.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:28 PM

2. once found the books should all be kept on a rack right at the entrance by the librarians

not only will it keep them from being hidden, but it will also increase their readings.

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Response to Takket (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:31 PM

3. Great idea. (nt)

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:40 PM

4. I would make it my cosmic mission to find this person

I would discover their identity and make sure everyone in town knew who they were, because if they're doing this in the library, they are doing it elsewhere, too.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 08:40 PM

5. I would have sneaked up behind him/her and said, "Here, let me check those out to you."

And then recommend Mrs. Obama's book also.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:27 PM

6. Kick

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:31 PM

7. Oh no, someone might have an opinion that doesn't favor Trump! The horror!

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