It’s no secret that little kids can be a little messy. So this library is taking steps in case parents catch their youngsters dirtying the local book center. According to a photo tweeted out by Alex Halpern of Portland, Ore., the Oregon City Library has come up with a solution for any books that have fallen victim to mischievous children — the Lick Bucket.
— Alex Halpern (@HalpernAlex) December 27, 2017
“Uh oh. Did your kid lick something?” a sign on the bucket reads. “Put it in this LICK BUCKET and give it to a librarian on your way out.”
Halpern shared the photo, praising his local library for what he calls “A+ librarianing,” and many people seem to be in agreement. Responding to Halpern, the Oregon City Library replied, “Just couldn’t resist.” And with the familiarity being voiced by other librarians, it seems like children licking books is not so unusual.
Every library needs a lick bucket. Or twelve.
— Brittany Drehobl (@brittdrehobl) December 27, 2017
We have one of those in our Children’s Dept! It’s called the Yuck Bucket
— TheEmFear (@ForkedPgh) December 27, 2017
We called it a yuck bucket. They are wonderful things.
— Heather D (@becomingcliche) December 28, 2017
Yes we have.
— Iowa City Public Library (@ICPL) December 28, 2017
Another interpretation of the sign, however, has left some asking whether the library is suggesting that parents forfeit the children who do the licking, rather than the items they might have contaminated. The hilarious thread has led to many entertaining questions.
Wait, what? Oregonians must forfeit their child to the library if it licks something? Nonsense, I don’t believe it.
— bestillmy (@bestillmy) December 28, 2017
does the parent come back for the kid later, or what?
— Nate Hoffelder, 2006 Person of the Year (@thDigitalReader) December 28, 2017
How can you fit a kid into that little bucket?
— Sarah Eaglesfield (@zenxv) December 28, 2017
Kids lick things in libraries and other places? This is good to know. Luna…does not yet lick https://t.co/wZR3vHhZrJ
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 28, 2017
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