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Re: [BKARTS] Removing crayon from library book



Dorothy's advice seems the most sensible of all- ask the Library, who may
not even be particularly concerned. And certainly do it before you spend
much time and more money than the book is worth. Circulating libraries hope,
but are not naive enough to expect, that books loaned to children (or
adults) will always be returned in mint condition, even if they are out of
print. If they were very concerned, they would not lend them.

There's a chance they will just slip it back on the shelf amid the hundreds
of other "extra decorated" books in their collection.

Helen


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dorothy Africa" <africa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2004 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: Removing crayon from library book


> Dear Julie
>     Several people have responded to your query, I see, and I would
agree=20
> that WHOA! is the watchword for the moment.  Your intent is of the
best,=20
> but many people have spent hours trying to  undo the best intentions of=20
> those who tried to fix such a problem and compounded it instead.  If
the=20
> book was yours, you might try some of the suggested remedies, but the=20
> decision about repair now rests with the library that owns the book.
You=20
> might give them a call and discuss it with them.  Perhaps they do not
have=
> =20
> a conservator available and might agree to let you try to lessen the=20
> damage.  Be very careful, though, since solvents which remove the
crayon=20
> could also greatly damage the paper substrate, and the damage might not
be=
> =20
> immediately visible to your eye.  You are looking at some very tricky=20
> chemistry here.
>     with sympathy,
>   Dorothy Africa
>
>
> At 09:42 PM 3/26/2004 -0500, you wrote:
> >Can anyone give me some advice on how to remove green crayon from one
> >page of a library book. My 3 1/2 year old niece drew on a $30.00 out
> >of print children's book and my brother wants to try to fix it.
> >Someone told him that lighter fluid would work?! I told him not to do
> >anything until I consulted with my panel of experts here. Any ideas?
> >Thanks
> >Julie
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