lectern

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Definition: (noun) Desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer. Synonyms: reading desk. Usage: On the small rock platform stood an old bronze lectern or reading-stand, groaning under a great German Bible. Discuss

ragbag

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Definition: (noun) A motley assortment of things. Synonyms: farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, melange, mishmash, mingle-mangle, oddments, omnium-gatherum. Usage: The bottom drawer of the teacher's desk contained a ragbag of confiscated items ranging from comic books to false teeth. Discuss