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A jar of buttons turned into a really fun writing prompt!
Part of the book goes back to 1950. It is set in a library in Pennsylvania. The Library Assistant, Emily is there after hours, trying to solve a mysterious word puzzle left there by the head librarian, Mr. Blankard, who disappeared 2 weeks ago. Mr. Blankard left some marked up books (hence the word puzzle), a journal, and a knapsack.
A loud crash is heard upstairs and Mr. Blankard comes down the stairs, scaring Emily. Mr. Blankard grabs the books, the journal, and the knapsack. He says he's been to a new world and he's going back there and never coming back. Emily begs him to stay and go back to his wife.