May 24, 2022

Michigan: “Berkley, Not Berkeley? Library Scores Misspelled Buttons”

From the Detroit Free Press:

When two cities have nearly identical names, mix-ups are bound to happen.

But for the city of Berkley’s Public Library, a decade-old mistake by a library on the west coast turned into a pretty sweet deal.

The Oakland County library received a batch of buttons from the Berkeley Public Library, located in Berkeley, Calif., after the library noticed its order of buttons were misspelled.

The buttons say: “I have a library card, Berkley Public Library.”


“Thank you to the kind folks at Berkeley Public Library for sending these buttons along for us to use,” the Berkley Library posted on Facebook. “Berkley” or “Berkeley” … We’re both fans of celebrating new library card holders. I’m told this happened a second time years ago, so we’re happy to get them again.”

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