This is a display of some of the bookmarks found by shelvers at a nearby public library. Note the wide variety of objects readers grab to mark their places in the books they borrowed (and forgot to retrieve before returning them).
Murray Browne, a fellow local biblioblogger who saw this library display decided to (a) take the photo above and (b) describe the rationale for his decision to use only one type of object for his own bookmarks: postcards.
Until reading Murray’s blogpost, I’d been using for my own bookmarks mostly slivers of old calendars and cut-outs from magazines with images I particularly liked. I keep these (along with any storebought bookmarks that’ve come my way) in a vase I think particularly suited to storing them in a way that gives me an easily-scannable way to choose one I feel in the mood to use for the book I am reading. I keep the vase of these reuseable bookmarks on the table adjacent to my favorite reading spot so it’ll be handy whenever I must, mid-book, interrupt my reading.
Although I’m not sure a collection of postcards would fit as handily in this particular vase as a collection of postcards would, I do find the idea of using postcards as bookmarks an appealing one – especially since I have on hand so many dozens of wonderful postcards that I know I’ll never mail to anyone.
Do you have your own method of keeping nearby a supply of bookmarks – or do you, like so many other readers, grab whatever you can use the moment the need arises? (Please tell me you have never used a slice of bacon as a bookmark? Librarians have reported that happening – and worse!)