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Overdue Book

New and Creative Leniency for Overdue Library Books

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 08:42

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

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 14:35

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."

Overdue library books returned half century later

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/15/2009 - 10:58
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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.

True Stories from a Book Drop Near You

Submitted by MerryLibrarian on Mon, 10/26/2009 - 17:23

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

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 06/26/2009 - 09:29

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.

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

Submitted by shelfcheck on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 12:17
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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.'"

More Than a Bit Overdue

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 04/09/2009 - 17:09
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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.