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If you're two weeks late in returning a book to the Baltimore County library, you're likely to get a phone call. If your book is four weeks overdue, you'll receive a notice in the mail.
And if you're Philip Akbar Shabazz, you're sent a letter that begins: "You currently have 402 items overdue from the Baltimore County Public Library. Fees and charges for these items amount to over $8,400."
Library officials say they suspect that the books were sold. Yesterday, Shabazz, a Randallstown resident, went to court to face a felony theft charge. He was convicted and sentenced to three years behind bars.
Seems like we haven't had an overdue story in ages... The Wait Is Over: A public library book issued in 1945 has racked up an overdue fees bill for $6,114 _ but the book's borrower has had the fine waived.
"The Punch Library of Humour," borrowed from Rotorua Public Library 61 years ago, was recently found among family belongings in a house attic in the central North Island tourist city.
A building inspector recognized the significance of the book and, using the list of strict borrowing rules pasted to the front cover, calculated what was owed in overdue fines.
Think you could get an entire column out of an overdue book? Well Grand Traverse Herald editor did.
"There are certain words in life that should avoid the adjective overdue: milk, baby and library books.
While chunky two percent is hard to swallow, it's plenty palatable compared to the bitter realization that "Fun and Fancy Free" is three days overdue. After all, besmirching your upright library patron status is neither fun or fancy free."
Anonymous Patron writes " Philly.com provides us a lesson in fine policy when it found that a year-old policy of doubling fees drove revenues down - and patrons away. "Library director Elliot Shelkrot said yesterday that revenues under the policy actually declined.
"Fewer books were coming back, and people were not paying fines, saying, 'I'm out of here,' but more importantly, we saw evidence that fewer people were borrowing books.""
An Anonymous Patron writes "Hunt for overdue books is Unique is one from The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, KT, on Unique Management Services, the library collection agency. The company makes its calls from downtown Jeffersonville, from what most recently was a Dollar General Store. The building has space for two, maybe three, times as many callers as the 50-something it has now. After all, most libraries still are not clients.
Co-owners Lyle Stucki and Charlie Gary have confidence in their company's novel niche, though. What library easily can afford to replace everything not returned? Besides, some items cannot be replaced, regardless."
CSeanC writes "Some libraries have turned to collection agencies to recover overdue material fines. This can result in damage to credit histories. Found on MSN News and filed under the "one more thing to worry about" department.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is enlisting the help of a collection agency to get back items gone missing on 2000+ accounts. More here from the
Cincinnati Enquirer. The article also tells users to forget about waiting for an amnesty day. The library hasn't had one since the 80s, and has no plans to offer one.
News From California where A Brentwood man will not be fined for a library book that was due when Calvin Coolidge was president, the Oakland Public Library announced Friday.
The book, "Kim'' by Rudyard Kipling, was due back to the Melrose Branch of the Oakland Public Library on Aug. 29, 1927, according to library spokeswoman Kathleen Hirooka.
The book is not the longest-overdue returned book in Oakland's history. That record goes to a copy of "Ghetto Comedies'' by Israel Zangwill, which was returned in 1995, 88 years after it was due. A local contractor discovered the book in a house where he was working, Hirooka reported.