Columbus library workers find $1,000 stuffed in returned book

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COLUMBUS (WCMH)– Staff at a local library discovered $1,000 in cash tucked into a returned book. 

Emily McPherson, a staff member at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Karl Road Branch, was checking out a copy of The Babysitter’s Club when several $100 bills fell out of the book. It totaled $1,000. 

“It was right before we closed. I think two Fridays ago and we’re very busy on Friday nights. So, I was flipping through books, have to make sure everything that’s returned, it doesn’t have anything inside of it. And I flipped through it and hundred dollar bills just started falling out as I was doing this,” said McPherson.

At first, she thought there was no way the money could be real, it had to be Monopoly money.

“At first I sort of panicked. I thought what if they’re not here? What if they left? Whose money is this? And it’s a kids book so I didn’t know is it their parents’ money,” said Emily.

When Emily was able to get a hold of the last customer who checked out the book, the woman said their grandmother inadvertently put the money inside the book. 

The money has been returned to the family. 

This isn’t the first time she’s found something more than pages and stories inside a library book.

“We find things in books all the time. A wig a couple days ago in the book drop, so that was a weird one. I’ve had people say they’ve found salami and bacon out of the same book as bookmarks so, yeah, you never really know what you’re going to find in the book drop,” said Emily.

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