Frustrated with the tendency for their staplers to break and disappear, circulation desk staffers at Hawthorne-Longfellow Library have taken to naming each one and have erected a memorial sign to the fallen.
“Sometimes you have students that try to staple 200 pages at once and the poor staplers can’t handle it,” said circulation staff member Chris Gravallese ’14. “We have a list of the ones that have served.”
As soon as the library has to replace a stapler, anyone on staff can name the new one. Previous staplers, commemmorated on a paper “Roll of Honor” have borne literary monikers ranging from Harold James Potter to Babar.
“We’re just keeping ever vigilant for those who would wish harm on our office supply brethren,” Gravallese said.