Library Bottle Update

Wollaton LibraryI visited Wollaton Library today with my kids. I had been wondering whether they know who I am in real life, and half expected to be able to look at the bottle there, unnoticed. But well, I guess it is insane to hope to stay annonymous while posting photos of myself on the blog. And I am happy they did recognize me: Several members of the staff greeted me, and we talked a bit about finding the bottle.

Apparently getting to the folded up message at the bottom was rather easy. It was not necessary to get all the contents out as I expected. Instead they just lifted the carpet a little and then were able to reach the thread that held it together and take the paper out.

Heute habe ich unsere Bibliothek in Wollaton wieder besucht, und wurde gleich von mehreren Bibliothekaren begrüßt. Wir haben uns ein bisschen über den Fund der Flasche unterhalten. Anscheinend war es überhaupt nicht schwierig, die Nachricht herauszubekommen. Sie haben einfach den Teppich an einer Stelle ein wenig angelupft, und dann die Nachricht herausgezogen.
Da musste ich natürlich gleich nachfragen, ob sie denn das Buch gelesen haben (oder die Installation einfach intakt gelassen haben). Das haben sie getan, und sich sehr gefreut.

I was worried about whether maybe they did not try to take the book from its stand, but they did, and read it. Then they put it into the display case that can be seen in the picture above if you stare really hard. A plush dog sits on top of it. On the right hand side is the children’s area; the bottle was hidden on the other side of the desk to the left.

in Wollaton LibraryDann haben sie die Flasche in ihre Vitrine gelegt, zusammen mit einem Ausdruck aus meinem Blog mit der Versteckgeschichte. –  Es war wirklich ein schöner Besuch heute in der Bibliothek. Ich fühlte mich erstaunlich Prominent. Ich schätze, Finder treffen hat schon was. Da muss wohl eine Zeit vergehen, bevor es eine andere Flasche mit dieser hier aufnehmen kann, was den Erfolg anbelangt.

Above you see the display case with my bottle at the bottom. – It was a really happy visit today. I am naturally shy and at first felt rather self-conscious when I realized I had been recognized. But after the first shock it felt good. – Probably some time will have to pass for another successful bottle like this one.

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