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San Francisco Public Library has released a great series of short videos called "Celebrity Excuses" to promote their Fine Amnesty Period (May 3-May 16). Among others, videos feature writer Beth Lisick, comedian Marga Gomez, and pilot "Sully" Sullenberger, who says, "You've misplaced your library book. Perhaps you've just forgotten to return it until it's late and you owe fines. Or maybe you're just trying to think of a really, really good excuse like 'It got lost in the Hudson River.'"
Talk about overdue: A book lost since Union soldiers raided a library during the Civil War was returned to a Virginia university (Washington & Lee) 145 years late. One of those UPI Odd Stories.
Most of the volumes taken from the Washington College library during the war between the states were returned soon after, but one -- a leather-bound book that was part of a four-volume history of a Napoleonic military campaign -- didn't make it back to Lexington, VA until February, the school's technical services librarian said Wednesday.
An overdue library book with a storied past - including being pulled across an ice-covered St. Lawrence River on a skid - is back home in Canada after no less than 110 years. Story from Recorder.
The cost of its journey, dating back to 1899 from the Lyn Public Library (ON), should have been more than $9,000, but it is a fine retired Denver, Colorado, engineer Dale Fenton Baird Sr. will not have to pull out of his wallet.
With book in hand Wednesday, the American walked into the Lyn Heritage Place Museum with the five-inch thick Webster's Dictionary his great uncle Mutt failed to return just before the turn of the century.
The entire Baird family moved from the village of Lyn to Brant, New York, in the winter of 1899. "Now the old librarian can rest easy," said Lyn Heritage Place president Orval Ladd, drawing a big laugh from a crowd of supporters and local historians gathered to see the newly famous tome returned to its homeland.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum said it will display, as part of a weeklong celebration of Presidents' Day, a 1930 biography of Abraham Lincoln that was apparently borrowed by Kennedy, or a member of his staff, when he was serving in the Senate in the 1950s.
The Library of Congress book, "A. Lincoln" by Ross F. Lockridge, was found in Kennedy's pre-presidential papers. It has been listed as missing in the Library of Congress online catalog, and will be returned to its collection after the display.
"It has just always been assumed to have been one of his books," said library spokesman Tom McNaught, but the library recently learned "it had been checked out since he was a senator and he had just kept it."
A library book checked out from an Oklahoma school library in 1947 has turned up in Ohio and been returned -- with a $250 check to cover overdue fees.
Librarian Betty Niver says the book "New Word Analysis: Or School Etymology of English Derivative Words" was mailed to Holland Hall School in Tulsa by Martha McCabe Jarrett.
Graduates with a degree of anger at bill for overdue library books: He said many universities would bar students from attending graduations over debts. “We want all students to be able to enjoy their graduation day, and permit students with debts to attend, but withhold their certificates until their debts are paid. Whilst it may be disappointing for a student, they are able to take a full part in their ceremony alongside their peers, in every other way.”
I love a good dramatic headline! Valley libraries battle delinquent borrowers: Mary Jean Moser, supervisor of Circulation Services at Bucknell’s Bertrand Library, said, “The risk we take — that any library takes — is that if someone borrows a book they may not return it. They might move away to Michigan, and then they’ve got the book.”
A Wisconsin woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines.
Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor told the News Graphic in Cedarburg that she ignored the library's calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.
(Thanks to Gary for the headsup)
Private detectives hunt for late library books: Norfolk County Council (That's in England) admitted it had spent £82,358 in the past three years using private detectives.
Much of the money was used to hunt debtors and the council confessed it had used detectives to look online for people who owed them cash but had moved away.
Now That's LATE! Finnish library-goer apparently thought 'better late than never' and quietly returned a book on loan for more than 100 years to a library in Vantaa, in southern Finland.
The library had long since lost track of the loan but welcomed back to its collections the bound copy of a 1902 volume of Vartija, an active religious monthly periodical at the time.