Handwritten notes were a common find among the items in returned books. Most do not
appear to be left intentionally, but rather forgotten or misplaced after the message
was read. These messages embody the temporary nature of ephemera, with notes like the
one written on a torn page reading “Let’s go to the 4th floor” having a specific,
time-sensitive purpose. There may not be much context to these discarded notes now,
but some human connection is clear in the brief text written across physical media
like Post-Its, index cards, and scrap paper.