“She didn’t want to disturb it” ❤️
A librarian at Camas Public Library was shelving books last month when she noticed someone sleeping in a quiet corner of the historical nonfiction section.
It’s not uncommon to see someone nodding off while reading a good book, but finding a little brown bat fast asleep was a first for her.
“She didn’t want to disturb it, so she left to get the second set of eyes of a colleague to confirm it was indeed a bat sleeping on the bookshelf,” Connie Urquhart, library director, told The Dodo.
Officer Bryan Caine arrived 15 minutes after Urquhart called the local animal services. “He was extremely calm and easygoing about the situation,” Urquhart said. “He even let us take a quick photo of the bat with the book ‘Bats at the Library’ by Brian Lies.” “Officer Caine then moved the bat gently into a box and quickly closed the lid.”
It’s unclear how the bat got into the library to nap. Bats are even welcomed guests in some libraries in Portugal, where they consume pests that would otherwise feed on old manuscripts.
The Camas Public Library, on the other hand, did not require the services of the little bat’s exterminator, and he was released back into the wild at the nearby Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Squirrels in the Storytime room, bats on the bookshelves, early morning visits from deer waiting for doors to open, cats, bunnies, and other animals have been spotted in and around the suburban library. The library is open to all and eager to share the joy of reading with anyone who pays a visit.
“We live in a bizarre and wonderful small town,” Urquhart explained.