AVON LAKE — The staff at the Avon Lake Public Library found a use for the empty A1 Steak Sauce bottles someone has been hiding around the library this year.
Jill Ralston, the library’s public relations and marketing coordinator, said the bottles are being used as vases to decorate the library for National Library Week.
But as for who was responsible for cleaning the 10-ounce bottles and removing the labels before hiding them among the books, Ralston said it remains a mystery.
“As for as any clues … not a one,” she said.
At the time The Chronicle-Telegram initially reported on the bottles March 10, the library staff had found 28 of the bottles since the first one was discovered hidden in the newspaper section Jan. 11.
Two more bottles surfaced in the days after the first story, but Raltson said there was a dry spell at the height of the media coverage as other media outlets, local and national, reported on the story.
“Right after it went really big, it stopped,” she said.
But now, the bottles have begun appearing again, with the most recent found Monday by a page, Ralston said. As of Tuesday afternoon, Ralston said, a total of 36 bottles have been found at the library.
There also appears to have been a copycat or two, she said.
One person left a bottle of knock-off steak sauce, while a full five-ounce bottle of A1 was found along with a poem.
Library staff members have said they haven’t been able to find a pattern that would explain where in the library the bottles are being left or even a decent theory to explain why someone would be leaving the bottles hidden among the books.