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The Lost Books
By Kristen Rebelo
32, 044. This is the number of books in circulation at my local library that have never been checked out. For years these books have sat statically collecting dust under the flourescent lights of their home, watching and waiting for someone to notice them. With the advance of technology, increase of available information, and notion of instant gratification, there is an eminent threat of tangible books being rendered obsolete. Libraries and private collections that have been growing for centuries will become stagnant testimonies of a past time.
This cataloging of texts is an ongoing process, an attempt to elevate abandoned publications and pay respect to authors who grace us with their research, their words, and their stories. This is a memorial of the lost books.
Issue 1 of 10 memorializes the first 3,542 books of this series in list form and fully catalogs 25. Through the process of this publication, the number of lost books has decreased to 32,019. The books have been handled, meticulously studied, and have traveled across state lines. But most importantly, they have all been read in some form.
Special thanks to VCU librarian Theresa Doherty for making this project possible.
Excerpt: 3 of 25 fully cataloged book spreads