The Mystery of the Backward Books

Have you ever been among the aisles and seen a book placed in among the other books backward, spine and label facing in, pages facing out. It’s a fairly common occurrence, and, oddly enough, the book is usually right where it belongs…just backward. ‘Why?’ you may ask? No, it’s not the work of pranksters and poltergeists (as I thought for an embarrassingly long time), it’s because many school libraries tell students to place any book they look at back on the shelf backwards. This is so the librarians know which items have been moved and can return them to where they belong. At Northwest putting items on the re-shelf cart works just fine; no need for enchanted rearward-facing books.