More than three dozen items spent winter break in their Lost and Found cubby in Ladd Library, patiently awaiting the return of their losers (hmm, that didn’t sound right) on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the first day of the winter semester here on campus.

38 items in the Ladd Library Lost and Found on Jan. 11, 2023. (Jay Burns/Bates College)

The 38 items are:

  • Stainless steel Command brand metal wall hook 
  • PeeperSpecs reading glasses (and perhaps blue-light blocking), 1.25 magnification
  • Gray velvet scrunchie
  • Gray cashmere fingerless gloves by Meg Cohen
  • Magnetic suicide-prevention card sponsored by the Tulip Project, which seeks to end the stigma surrounding mental illness
  • Pencil case with logo of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
  • Pink lipstick from NARS Cosmetics’ “Orgasm” collection
  • No. 2 Dixon Ticonderoga pencil (unsharpened)
  • Single hoop earring
  • Single snowflake earring
Library Lost and Found, Jan. 11, 2023: A single snowflake earring. (Jay Burns/Bates College)
  • Baseball cap, with the logo of FC Barcelona, Futbol Club Barcelona
  • Carhartt knit beanie
  • Several empty Bluetooth earbud cases
  • HOYEE EYES blue-light blocking glasses with rainbow glitter frames
  • Colgate toothpaste in a newly developed recyclable tube, which the company says is the first to be “recognized by external recycling authorities as recyclable,” made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the same No. 2 plastic used for milk and detergent bottles
  • Felt wool fedora (large) from New York Hat Co.
  • Diary with “Norway” and an image of a moose, the country’s national animal, on the wood cover
  • Pocket comb, Conair “Style on the Go”
  • LensCrafters eyeglasses case (empty)
  • 1/8 inch to 1/8th inch audio cable
  • Scotch brand tape dispenser (empty)
  • Lip balm in a case wrapped in two washi tape designs: blue and white stripes on the top, and stars and planets on the bottom (Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade paper)
Library Lost and Found, Jan. 11, 2023: Lip balm in a case with the planets and stars. (Jay Burns/Bates College)
  • Single Bluetooth earbud
  • Key/ID tag with YMCA logo
  • Personal hand sanitizer with the logo of Bates Campus Activities and Traditions
  • Yeti Rambler 64-ounce water bottle with:
    — Sticker of the Bates Peer Health Educators logo
    — Sticker of the ‘Iolani School Raiders logo of the college preparatory school in Honolulu
    — Sticker “Chillin’ since ’93,” a slogan of Brandy Melville, a European clothing and fashion accessories brand
    — Sticker of the Bates Center for Purposeful Work
    — Two silicone wrist bands around it, of the Southern California Volleyball Association and Boston Bruins
  • Futuro-brand knee support
  • Formal bow tie (ivory) by Billy London with an elastic band extending it past 18 inches
  • Summer 2017 issue of Art Journal, a magazine published  by the College Art Association of America, celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Tila bead bracelet
Library Lost and Found, Jan. 11, 2023: Tila bead bracelet. (Jay Burns/Bates College)
  • Book, The Al-Hamlet Summit, a play by Kuwaiti playwright and theater director Sulayman Al-Bassam that places Shakespeare’s Hamlet into a 21st-century Middle Eastern setting
  • Book, Our Class, a play by Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek and adapted by Ryan Craig that follows one-time school classmates from 1925 to present times, through weddings, parades, births, deaths, emigrations, and reconciliations
  • Book, Antigonick, an innovative translation of Sophocles’ Antigone by Anne Carson 
  • Bag with assorted teas, including a tin of Earl Gray from Cambridge & Thames, and a tin of hojicha from Harney & Sons
  • Photo of Bates friends having fun at the Halloween Dance this year
  • Notebook with a few to-do’s for the physics course “Introductory to Quantum Mechanics” and the biology course “Evolution and Interaction of Life”
  • GPS running watch, the Garmin Forerunner 235, with wrist-based heart rate display

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