By Kathie Felix
I heard a story this week about the unexpected power of a library card.
During a fierce winter storm in northern Virginia, a library patron found herself locked out of her car after the library closed. She was offered a ride home to pick up a second set of keys, as well as a return ride to her car.
A month later, she received a phone call that her keys were being held for her at a library -- but not at the library where her car had been parked.
The call gave her two mysteries to solve. The first was resolved rapidly. The library was able to locate her because of the library card tag on her key chain.
The second mystery was a bit tougher. Eventually, it was discovered that the local snow plow patrol had moved mountains of snow around town. Her keys were found in a gutter in front of a church. The library card tag led to the return of the keys to the nearest library.
Do you have a library card on your key ring?
And do you have any stories about the power of a library card?