The librarians at Lake Hazel Branch library in the town of Boise, Idaho, recently discovered that someone had sneaked in a book among the volumes in the library.
It wasn’t just a few sheets; it was a full-fledged book (which they later formally categorized as a graphic novel)—written and illustrated in color by a child.
The library received a call from a family. It was Susan Helbig, the mother of Dillon, a boy who has been writing stories since he was 5 years old.
The Idaho Press spoke to librarian Paige Beach, who described the call. “She said her son had written an entire book and shelved it here at the library. Then he waited for just the right moment to announce to his family that he had written a book and it could be checked out at the library.”
It was Dillon’s dream that one of his books would be in the library some day, so the boy thought the best way to make his dream come true was to bring his book in personally. However, he was afraid a librarian might stop him. KTVB7’s Brian Holmes interviewed him about it at the library:
“I always be (sic) sneaky, like how I get chocolate,” he told us. “There was a lot of librarians that I had to sneak past so do you know what I did?” Dillion asked.
“What did you do?” Brian Holmes asked.
“I covered up this part and covered the back with my body and just snuck it in and then I started to walk, and then I came in this aisle, no wait this aisle, and then I put my book right here. Wait, right there,” Dillon said.
When Dillon returned later and couldn’t find his book, his mom called fearfully, hoping she could retrieve her son’s book and that it hadn’t already been thrown in the trash.
Indeed, the library was appreciative of the “found object.” Not only that: the branch manager, Alex Hartman, consulted the library staff, including the children’s book buyer, and after getting the parents’ permission, decided to add it to their lending catalog. They labeled and bar-coded it like any other book.