Children's books that are returned to the Oakland main library are sorted and brought back to the shelves for the next borrower. Brant Ward/San Francisco Chronicle photo
This card with a picture of Stonewall Jackson was found in a library book, perhaps used as a bookmark. Brant Ward/San Francisco Chronicle photo
This scrawled note was left in a library book. The yellowing paper was discovered by a librarian, but no one knows when it was written. Brant Ward/San Francisco Chronicle photo
Sharon McKellar, who has an assortment of the found items, sits at the reference desk of the Oakland main library on Dec. 16. The library has collected an assortment of notes, pictures, homework assignments and strange bookmarks left in borrowed books over the years. Brant Ward/San Francisco Chronicle photo

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