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Where to Look for Lost Library Books

Places to Look for Lost Library Books

First things first, try to remember what the book/s looked like:

How big was it? What color? Was it thick or thin?

What do you remember about the cover?

Is it hardcover or paperback?

If you're not sure, ask the librarian, maybe she can remember. Also, keep in mind, all library books have spine labels, barcode labels and library labels so that they stand out.

So, where was the last place you remember having the book?

Here's a list of actual places where kids from all over the US have found their missing books. Even if you don't find yours in of these suggested locations, it might help you think of other areas to search.

Around the House

In the car (also check under the seats)

Under the baby's car seat

In the trunk of the car

Under the spare tire

In the other car

In the garage

Behind or under the washing machine

Behind or under the dryer

In the stroller bag

In the recycling bin

In your folder or binder

In your backpack

In your other backpack

In your sibling's backpack

On top of the piano

In the piano bench

In the reclining chair (between the arm and the seat cushion)

Under or in back of the sofa (also check under cushions)

Under or on top of the kitchen or dining room table

Behind the refrigerator (because it fell off of the top)

In the freezer

On top of/behind/under the oven

On top of, behind, or under the dishwasher

On your bedroom bookshelf

On one of the other bookshelves

(Check all the books turned around backwards and behind other books on the bookshelf)

On/in your desk at home

On/in your brother/sister's desk

Under your bed

Under your brother/sister's bed

Between the sheets at the foot of your bed

Between your bed and the wall

Between the mattress and box springs

In the trundle bed

In the crib

On top or behind the dresser

In the dresser drawers

In the closet (check all closets)

Under the dirty clothes

Inside the your couch that folds out into a bed

In the toy box

In the bathroom

On the back porch

In the dog house

In the tree house

In the back yard

By the pool

In the basement

In the guest house

In the play house

Packed with the holiday decorations

Under the TV set stand

On top of the VCR/DVD player

On top of the stereo

In the magazine rack

On the coffee table

Under the rug

At the lake house

On the boat

Ask your parents if they've seen it

Ask your brother/ sister if they've seen it

Ask other relatives if they've seen it

Around Town

At the doctor's or dentist's office

At the local public library

At the church/temple/mosque library

At the babysitter's house

At a relative's house

At your daycare/after-school care facility

At your friend's house

At your other parent's house

At Mom or Dad's work place

At another relative's work place

Wherever you went on errands recently (bank, grocery store, etc.)

On the boat, airplane, train

At the restaurant

At the hotel

At School

In the vehicle of whoever you ride to school with

Wherever you hangout after school

On the classroom or teacher's bookshelf

In my neighbor's or friend's desk

(ask their permission before looking)

In the cafeteria, gym, band room, etc.

At the school office

At the school office or library where your brother/sister attends school.

Ask your teachers if they've seen it

In any of the "Lost and Found" areas around school

Ask your friends if they've seen it

On the library shelf

(It might've been shelved without being checked in)

Last but not least, think about the last time your parents told you to clean your room. Now, think about the various places you shoved piles of things, so that they would think you'd actually cleaned it. ;-) Make sure you check all of those places, too.

P.S. If you find your book in a place not listed here somewhere let us know and we'll add it.

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