Library pic

I like to donate books to the library. I always have plenty lying around, and I tend not to read a book more than once, so usually if it’s a book I’m done with, that the local library doesn’t already have in its catalog, I’ll give it to them. I’ve donated 97 books and 2 DVDs thus far.

One of them I gave the library recently was called More Cornish Murders, a true-crime book out of England. I bought it used from a U.S. seller. The librarian, Megan, realized the book had marks from having previously been in a library called Dittons, in west London on the banks of the Thames, and she contacted that library to make sure no one there had been stealing their books and selling them online. Dittons confirmed that the book was one they’d got rid of and it hadn’t been stolen. They were amazed, though, that it would wind up halfway across the world in the midwestern United States.

Dittons wanted to put the story on their Facebook page or something and asked for pictures of the person who donated the book pretending to give the book to a librarian. So Megan and I posed for pictures today when I went to the library to drop off some books.

Had I known I was going to be photographed, maybe I wouldn’t have worn my “Medicated for Your Protection” shirt. Dunno.


MP of the week: Yolanda Patlan

This week’s featured missing person is 38-year-old Yolanda Patlan. She and her six-year-old son, Alejandro Perez, vanished from Calexico, California on January 11, 2001. Sadly enough, that’s all I have on them. One of those “few details are available” cases. I don’t know if this is a case of foul play, an accident, a voluntary disappearance, no clue.

NamUs says Yolanda’s date of birth is an approximation. Calexico is a border city — its counterpart in Mexico is Mexicali, see what they did there? — and I wonder if perhaps Yolanda was from Mexico or some other Latin American country and that’s why her date of birth is not known.

If anyone who reads this blog knew Yolanda and/or Alejandro, or any details about their disappearance, I’d love to hear from them.