We keep all the latest letter finds here but we want to give you a quick look at all the letters that were found in the last few weeks! We’re blown away and encouraged by the stories that live behind each found letter. Which one is your favorite?
MARCH 7, 2013. HONOLULU, HAWAII.
At the library in search of the book True Believer by Nicholas Sparks, my sister found a little enveloped stashed between the pages. We both opened it up to a card and read it in the aisle surrounded by millions of books. It was the sweetest thing to read. It made my month after struggling so much with my own personal issues. whoever you are, thank you. you gave me the courage to just keep going.
MARCH 7, 2013. SHARON, MA.
This morning our reference librarian found this letter on a table in the Young Adult section. Many people think librarians sit around reading books all day, but we do much, much more and get caught in the daily grind the same as any other job. Finding this note was a sweet reminder that we need to look around every now and then to remind ourselves that we have so much to share with our community. We plan on putting the note back in the YA section with the hope it will brighten the day for the library patron who finds it.
MARCH 4, 2013. NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA.
So I was at a used bookstore in North Hollywood and was just leaving and stopped to look at the ads and stuff posted on the pinboard and I saw this orange evnvelope just laying there. I thought maybe someone forgot their bday card. So I picked and it said it was for me! Yes, me! And so I opened it and it had an insert from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and a little envelope with flowers seeds in it to plant with instructions. My reaction to this was complete joy. It was perfect and I felt so lucky. The message of the card was at the perfect time because I really needed to hear that. I cannot thank whoever left this beautiful little gift.
MARCH 4, 2013. DREXEL UNIVERSITY
I’m a student at Drexel University, and on March 4th I found a letter in my residence hall stairwell. It was filled with inspiring, wonderful quotes, and it came at such a good time-
This past weekend, two students of Drexel University were found dead, and one of them was a friend and classmate of mine. Finding this brought a smile to my face.
MARCH 2, 2013. MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE
I was having a down day and swallowed up in mid-term stress when I found this letter. I saw the corner of an envelope sticking out from between the cushions of the library chair I was curled up in studying. I pulled it out, thinking it must have been lost or left behind, and found this note:
Dear beautiful stranger,
This is for you! You may or may not be having a nice day. Regardless, you are beautiful, smart, daring, and so much more. “To love yourself is to begin a lifelong romance” – Oscar Wilde. I hope this brightens your day!
MARCH 1, 2013. OAK RIDGE, TN.
The note was on the treadmill at the gym where I go a few days a week
to help save my sanity. Hmm, do I open the envelope, or is it for
someone else? Finally giving in to curiosity, I pried up the flap and
peeked inside. It was a lovely random-act-of-kindness message of
validation. I had to stifle my tears so that I wouldn’t snot all over
the equipment. The note came at a time when I really needed some love.
I’ve been struggling for months to find a job, my husband recently
filed for divorce, my friends and family are far away, and I am
worried about many things including a large chunk of student loan
debt, my aging vehicle, and the ability to care for my critter
companions. It’s so nice to receive some positive vibes. Thank you,
“sloppy pen pal” friend.
FEBRUARY 26, 2013. UNIVERSITY OF OREGON.
Found this gem outside a lecture hall at the University of Oregon. Really brightened my day!
FEBRUARY 24, 2013. LONDON, ENGLAND.
So my family and I were on vacation in London, I’ll be honest I had a pretty bad morning and was feeling really bad about my self. We were walking past a gift shop and my mom stopped to look at postcards, when I noticed a letter.
I smiled so hard, I felt so touched, I knew it was meant for me, even if the person who wrote it didn’t mean it for me fate had brought me there that day, I knew that I was where I was supposed to be, and ultimately I’m on the right track. Even though my selfish heart told me to take the note and save it, I left it there, so hopefully whoever passes by will take a glance and feel just that much better about life.
FEBRUARY 24, 2013. AUKLAND, NEW ZEALAND.
I had been having a rather bad day, after waking up with a hangover and grumpy parents, when I found a letter from a stranger in the Auckland Art Gallery, wedged between two books. It instantly made my day better, and inspired me to do the same for a stranger.
“If you have found me- I’M YOURS!”
“Life doesn’t always serve out what we want. I didn’t make the shortlist for a job I desperately wanted. 100 applicants. Argh! But it is a beautiful day, the sun is shining, people are smiling, and I have a great evening ahead. Whoever you are, take a moment now (right now) and look around. What beauty do you see? What/who is the magic in your life? Remember you are loved.
<3 A Friend.”