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Overdue Charles Darwin book returned to library 122 years late

If you're like me (and you know you want to be) you never get sick of the overdue book stories!
Overdue Charles Darwin book returned to library 122 years late
A stamp inside the first edition copy showed that the book had been borrowed more than a century ago, on January 30, 1889.

Investigations have found that the book had been in a private collection for 50 years before being handed to a local university, whose employees passed it back to the library.

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200-year-old library book returned to Camden

200-year-old library book returned to Camden
The worn leather book might be riddled with tiny wormholes and have pages that are yellowed by time.

But two centuries after being part of Camden’s very first lending library, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1790 “History of England, Vol. 1,” has come home at last to the delight of astonished local librarians.

[Via SMFC]

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Do It Online

You can order holds online, read books online, review and discuss them online and now, in Seattle, you can pay your overdue fees and printing & copying charges online as well. Seattlest reports: Are you a teensy bit ashamed of the overdue library book fines that have incrementally accrued over the months and thus managed to worm their way into your guilty conscience? If you’re too embarrassed to go into your local branch of the Seattle Public Library wearing a scarlet “O” to pay your fines, you can now clear your account from the comfort of your own home with the SPL’s new online payment system. (In fact, you can only pay your overdue fines if they’ve piled up to be worth at least $1.) Starting today, the SPL is accepting payment by credit card, debit card or at PayPal. There is no service charge for making a payment online — and while the transaction is processed using PayPal, a PayPal account isn’t required. An added bonus for library cardholders who frequently print from SPL computers is the capability to add money to their accounts to pay for such services. Overdue fines can also still be paid in person by cash, check or money order.

Vt. woman facing charges for overdue library items

Vt. woman facing charges for overdue library items
A Vermont woman is facing charges that she failed to return hundreds of dollars' worth of books and videos from the library.

State Police say the 35-year-old woman from Concord has been cited on a charge of theft of rented property

The Desk Setup: A Look At Librarian Computers

The Desk Setup

Like many technologists, I may have had some vague notion that librarians had something to contribute to discussions about information and metadata and standards and access, but my concept of what librarians did and what they knew probably had more to do with stereotypes and anecdote than on an understanding of reality. Which is a shame. Although in the last few years I think we’ve done a really good job of making clearer connections between libraries and technology, I don’t think anyone is surprised when librarians are omitted from discussions about and between prominent technologists, such as the one facilitated by the Setup. (Note: by “librarians” I mean anyone who works in, with, or for libraries. Hat tip to Eli Neiburger for saying what I’d been thinking, only less clearly, for some time before he said those words out loud.)

US library seeks arrest of Taiwanese man for $2,500 in unreturned music books, DVDs

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a Taiwanese man accused of failing to return nearly $2,500 worth of DVDs, videos and music books to a library in northern New Jersey.

Hsian Kao borrowed the materials from the Randolph Township Public Library in 2008.

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Amnesty for Overdue Books in Columbia SC

Nice idea. Patrons with overdue books are allowed to "forGIVE and forGET" during fine amnesty week at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia SC.

To receive a “Forgive and Forget” ticket, bring in a new or gently used book to donate to the Friends of RCPL along with your overdue items. Visit any of RCPL’s 11 locations and all fines and fees will be forgiven. For more than one library account to be forgiven, a different new or gently used book needs to be donated to the Friends of RCPL.

“The library is more important than ever to the health of our community,” said RCPL’s Executive Director Melanie Huggins. “And it’s important to us to welcome back customers and eliminate any barriers created by overdue materials and fines.”

RCPL offers this one-time only opportunity to help respond to the economic downturn and reduce further pressure for people who may have library fines or fees, and welcome them back to the library.
This effort is made possible by the Friends of RCPL.

Seriously overdue

<a href="http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/Story/08-06-2010-Overdue-library-book-">Seriously overdue</a>: She said they told her they had a warrant for her arrest for an overdue library book and that she had to come up with almost $400 or go to jail. A summons had been rejected on July 2; she said it went to her former address. Martin said she couldn't believe what was happening.

George Washington's library book returned 221 years late

George Washington's library book returned 221 years late
A library book borrowed by the first U.S. president, George Washington, has been returned to a New York City's oldest library, 221 years late. "A few days after learning of the situation, staff at Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace Vattel's "Law of Nations" with another copy of the same edition," the library said in a statement.

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Our First President Was a Scofflaw...Overdue Books!

He may have never told a lie, but George Washington apparently had no problem stiffing a Manhattan library on two books.

Two centuries ago, the nation's first President borrowed two tomes from the New York Society Library on Manhattan's Upper East Side (New York City being the Nation's Capital at the time) and never returned them, racking up an inflation-adjusted $300,000 late fee.

But Washington can rest easy. "We're not actively pursuing the overdue fines," quipped head librarian Mark Bartlett. "But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back." Washington's dastardly deed went unknown for almost 150 years.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/04/17/2010-04-17_read_it__weep_by_george_prez_racks...

Politics @ The Public Library

Galveston Daily News/ LA MARQUE TX — Kathy Nixie still is the librarian in La Marque. At least for now.

Nixie supporters claim the four-year veteran head of the La Marque Library was told by city administrators she had to resign Wednesday or be fired but was given no reason why she was being forced out.

That turmoil came less than a month after Nixie reported to a city council member that Councilwoman Connie Trube had demanded records about an overdue book fine owed by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell’s wife.

Nixie refused to talk about discussions she had with City Manager Eric Gage or finance Director Karen Cooper, except to say she had not been fired or forced to resign.

Asked why supporters thought she was being forced out, Nixie said: “I think it would get me in more trouble if I talked to you.”

But Barbara Sheppard, a critic of Gage and a Nixie supporter, said earlier in the day Wednesday Nixie told her Gage and Cooper had called in members of the library staff one by one to question them about Nixie’s performance.

“They then told (Nixie) that she obviously wasn’t happy working for the city of La Marque and that she had a choice, resign or be fired by 4:30 that afternoon,” Sheppard said.

Overdue DVD Lands Colo. Teen In Jail

Overdue DVD Lands Colo. Teen In Jail
A Colorado teen was recently arrested after he checked out a DVD from a library and forgot to return it, Denver TV station KMGH reported.

He claims it was an honest mistake, saying he checked out the DVD and then inadvertently packed it while moving.

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New and Creative Leniency for Overdue Library Books

New and Creative Leniency for Overdue Library Books:
Bruce sent this one over from the NYT: "Since the beginning of the economic downturn, librarians across the country have speculated that fines for overdue items are keeping people from using the library — particularly large families whose children take out (and forget to return) many books at a time. Some libraries learned that the fines, which are often as low as 25 cents an item per day, quickly multiplied for many people and were becoming an added hardship."

Man Returns Book 99 Years Late... and Librarian Waives the Fine

The book, 'Facts I Ought to Know About the Government of My Country', was handed in to the library at New Bedford, MA this week by 75-year-old Stanley Dudek. The library has waived the one-cent-a-day fine on the book, which would have amounted to $363. The book was found among the belongings of Dudek's mother, who emigrated to the U.S. from Poland in the early 20th century.

Dudek, who had recently read in the paper about a book returned sixty years late commented "I have 40 years on that guy."

Read more here.

Overdue library books returned half century later

Overdue library books returned half century later
A high school librarian in Phoenix says a former student at the school returned two overdue books checked out 51 years ago along with a $1,000 money order to cover the fines.

Camelback High School librarian Georgette Bordine says the two Audubon Society books checked out in 1959 and the money order were sent by someone who wanted to remain anonymous.

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True Stories from a Book Drop Near You

Oct. 25th blog post, www.merrylibrarian.com

Book drops. It seems simple, doesn’t it? A name like “book drop” doesn’t leave much room for mystery…you’d think.

A recent poll of librarians has proven otherwise, however. Across the nation, patrons of public libraries have confused a book drop with trash receptacles, a donation box, urinals, chicken coops… The list goes on and on.

While we may never understand how or why this confusion occurs, we do know that the result of patron confusion–though sometimes disturbing–is frequently amusing. So, until the government provides libraries with several billion dollars to launch an education campaign on proper book drop use, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with this useful list of book drop dos and don’ts–all based on the true stories that have been sent in from around the world.

1. Situation: You work at a library in the city of Las Vegas, NV. As you approach the book drop, you hear the sound of squawking and scratching.

Don’t…Assume you’re crazy. You may be miles from the nearest farm, but there actually are chickens in your book drop…complete with food and water. Hey, it happens.

Do… Tell your coworkers to fire up the bar-be-que, baby!

2. Situation: Upon opening the book drop, you are pummeled by the stench of garbage. And on top of the rubbish heap in your book drop? A used maxi pad.

Don’t…Toss your cookies into the book drop. You’d only have to clean that up, too.

Fines for ESL Materials, Interlibrary Loans and Childrens Books

It's clamp down time at the Seattle Public Library. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to impose overdue fines on previously exempt childrens books and English-as-a-second-language materials, charge a $5 fee for interlibrary loans and limit the number of materials a user can check out and place holds on.

Fines on previously exempt materials, which will remain exempt until changes start Oct. 15, are expected to bring an added $36,000 in annual revenue. City Librarian Susan Hildreth said the decision was not done to raise revenue, but to help staffers maintain their workload and keep materials in circulation.

The Seattle PI article goes on to quote some library users who are very unhappy about the proposed changes.

SFPL "Celebrity Excuse" Videos for Fine Amnesty Feature Captain "Sully," Marga Gomez, More

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.'"

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Overdue Book From Another Era

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.

More Than a Bit Overdue

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.

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