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Lost & Found at the Children's Center at 42nd Street


Have you ever lost something?  I have.  At some point in our childhoods, we have lost a cherished possession.  Sadly, the staff of the Children's Center regularly discover an array of toys and clothing that have been left behind by mistake.  We display some of the toys at our circulation desk in hopes that the small owners will return to claim them.  Happy reunions are our mission.

Last summer, we mailed a small stuffed hedgehog to Virginia after getting an email from a mother determined to track down her daughter's favorite toy.  Humphry the Hedgehog was packed into a tiny box and sent off lickety-split.  We received a big thank you from the family and they kindly sent us a video of Humphry's adventures at the New York Public Library.

One of our more interesting acquistions is a small, blue rhinoceros. Mr. Rhinoceros was very lonely until we accessorized him with a pink purse; now he gets lots of attention from our customers. Numerous people have asked if our rhinoceros is the "star" of his own book.

Although Mr. Rhinoceros and his pink purse do not have a book contract yet, here is a list of books about lost items. 



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