I just did a Google search on "bookmarks." And suddenly before me, on the search results, were pages and pages of links in which people were asking questions or giving information about "bookmarking" on their computers or the internet. You know, as in "Remember to bookmark our site", etc.
I remember when I was in third grade, I received a bookmark from the irate school librarian after she discovered I had "dog eared" one of her library books. Up until then, I had not known there was anything wrong with that. But I promise you that I have never turned down the corner of a page in any book since then!
When I lived in Indonesia, a native Indonesian sold me some bookmarks he had made from the bark of trees. Then there are the bookmarks I have all over my house that I have acquired one way or another.
Anyway, back to my Google search for "bookmarks". Looking carefully, I did find a few sites that talked about the history of bookmarks--yes, the kind I was searching for! And they actually do have a history!
One of the first references of the use of bookmarks goes back to 1584. Christopher Barker gave Queen Elizabeth I a fringed silk bookmarker. Then in the 1700's, books were made with narrow silk ribbons bound into the spine of the books that the reader would tuck in the page to be marked. My family's very old family Bible has such a silk marker.
I still love the original meaning of "bookmark." I love books, and I love to read! And they are nice little rewards to give to children who, hopefully, also are learning to love books and love reading.