A Twitter user uncovered her local library’s inventive way to troll (and possibly help) readers who can’t seem to remember books without naming colors.
The library shown in @Metafrantic’s photo is Massachusetts’ Framingham Public Libary. They sent out their own tweet acknowledging their display, which featured several red covered books and the headline “I Don’t Remember the title, but the cover was Red.”
“We think this display speaks for itself,” tweeted Framingham. “Check out our latest red displays in Fiction and Large Print. Admit it, we’ve all asked this question at one point our another.”
As it turns out, this sassy display technique is actually very useful for many readers.
One reader tweeted that some people “use colour to organise books because some cognitive shortcut is better than none and ‘you know, the book by the two people about the thing’ is not so helpful.”
I feel like this is harshing on those of us who use colour to organise books because some cognitive shortcut is better than none and "you know, the book by the two people about the thing" is not so helpful. https://t.co/1bukoQyG6d
“I’ve been sorting through some books left to me by my long deceased Aunt,” she wrote in a letter to the Rockford Public Library. “She was a wonderful book binder and collected a whole assortment of books, some out of interest, others to restore. In amongst them I came across the book enclosed. I feel compelled to return it to your library!”
The library joked that they’d be forgiving the likely massive fine for the book, “The Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine Jul-Dec 1844 Vol. LVI.” And thank goodness for that!