Maybe we should start spending more time browsing the stacks. Some little blue-haired lady got the shock of her life last week when she cracked open a copy of Outerbridge Reach that had been donated to the Porter County Public Library. The book, according to nwitimes.com, had been hollowed out and held – gasp! – a gun . . .
“Somebody just opened it up and said, ‘Oh my,’ ” said Assistant Library Director Phyllis Nelson.
The weapon was described by police as a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun.
Oh my. As you can imagine, the little Italian Stallion caused quite a stir. But not to worry, Phyllis made sure the proper authorities were called.
Police determined the gun had not been stolen and it is being held as evidence.
Evidence of what isn’t quite clear. But they have some experience with this kind of thing in the Valparaiso Library.
Nelson said this is not the first time a gun was found in a book donated to the library. There was another incident sometime before she came on staff 12 years ago.
“I’ve just heard the story,” she said.
You just know this will be the subject of stories around the tea pot for weeks.