Recently, a librarian at Camas Public Library found something very unexpected while going about her librarian duties. While putting some books back on the shelves, the librarian found someone sleeping in a unique cozy corner of the historical nonfiction section.
It’s not uncommon for the librarian to spot someone dozing off while curled up in a good book. However it is very unexpected to find a little brown bat dozing off next to some books.
The library director Connie Urquhart, stated, “She didn't want to disturb it and, aiming to confirm it was indeed a bat sleeping on the bookshelf, she left to get the second set of eyes of a colleague.”
Urquhart informed the local animal services about the tiny bat and for assistance. 15 minutes later Officer Bryan Caine arrived and saved the day. “He was extremely calm and easygoing about the situation, even allowing us to take a quick photo of the bat with the book ‘Bats at the Library’ by Brian Lies. Officer Caine then gently moved the bat into a box and closed the lid quickly.”
It is still a mystery how the tiny bar manage to get into the library. However this is actually a very common thing in another part of the world. It is known that in some libraries in Portugal, bats are seen as welcome guests, consuming pests that might otherwise feed on old manuscripts.
However, after not being needed for his services in the particular library, the adorable bad was released back into the wild at the nearby Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
For staff, this wasn’t the first encounter with wild animals in the library. The staff had many animal sightings in and around the suburban library. This includes squirrels in the Storytime room, early morning visits from deer waiting for them to open, cats, bunnies and more. The library is clearly a friendly place which is open to all. “We live in a wacky and wonderful small town,” Urquhart said.