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Between the Stacks: The library lost and found is full of surprises

Have you ever wondered where your lost socks go? Could they be canoodling somewhere with that scarf that went missing years ago? Maybe they ran away to a tropical island and are relaxing on the beach. Or maybe, just maybe, your socks are at the library.

I know it sounds unlikely to lose your socks at a library, but that’s exactly what happened at Baby Storytime a few weeks ago (thankfully the tiny socks in question were adorable and quite clean). In the Children’s department at the Wando Mount Pleasant Library branch, we find interesting lost items every day. A few of my favorites from the last month were:

  • A pair of pink star-studded shades (child size)
  • A decorative rubber pin shaped like a turtle
  • A cloth headband in vibrant indigo... beginning to show wear
  • A beautiful stuffed Hedwig the Owl toy
  • A glittery squishy dragon with a unicorn horn
  • A zippy red diecast racecar

Although I’m sad for the owners of the lost things, I enjoy imagining each object’s story. To me, they suggest unknown tales of adventure, mystery, and love. If this sort of fancy delights your imagination as much as mine, check out these picture books on the subject:

“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale” by Mo Willems. This picture book (from the author of the beloved “Elephant and Piggie” series) follows a toddler and her father as they wash clothes at the laundromat. Unfortunately, Knuffle Bunny, the child’s favorite toy, is left behind when they go home. Panic ensues, but the resolution is heart-warming. Preschool – Grade 1.

“Smitten” by David Gordon. A sock and a mitten get lost from their respective pairs but find each other. A predictable but hilarious love story. Preschool – Grade 2.

“Henry and Leo” by Pamela Zagarenski. When Henry and his family go for a walk in the woods, Leo, Henry’s favorite toy and best friend, is left behind. A beautiful tale of realness reminiscent of the “Velveteen Bunny” with lush magical illustrations. Preschool – Grade 1.

“I Want My Hat Back” by Jon Klassen. A bear has lost his hat and asks different animals if they have seen it until it is found. Seemingly simple but told with sharp, quirky humor. Kindergarten – Grade 2.

I hope that all the owners of Wando Library’s lost and found items realize that their treasures are at the library. And if you have left something at the library, don’t worry. We keep the items for one month before donating. Whether you are tracking down a lost sock or a new book, please call, email or visit us soon.

Liz Wuestefeld is a Children’s Librarian at the Wando Mount Pleasant Branch Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd. She can be reached at 843-805-6888 or