Writer Christine Berge, who describes herself as a deadbeat library patron and a local (Santa Cruz CA) resident, gives us a "case study" of her overdue book fine in the Santa Cruz Sentinel .Sharing responsibility for her woes are a wonderful kids book "Alberto the Dancing Alligator" by Richard Waring, her five-year-old son, and an incorrect e-mail address.Hey mom, check under the bed first next time.
Anonymous Patron writes "Barry the Book on trail of bad borrowers, an article from Manchester (UK) Online looks at Barry Anderson. He arrives unannounced on the doorsteps of borrowers to reclaim their overdue library books. He is so good at his job that he has recovered a staggering haul of 10,500 books, 600 VHS videos, 300 CDs, 71 DVDs and 33 CD-Roms in five years - worth more than Â£55,000."
A library in Inverness (Scotland) has received a book that's been missing from its shelves--you know, the kind that gets stacked up in the wrong place, or misplaced among other items, or carried off by a visitor. It was ONE HUNDRED YEARS and Â£5,000 overdue.More info about the books extensive travels and its discovery in Johannesburg (South Africa) a century after it's due date--BBC News
Rich writes "Reuters reports that Italy's Senate Library is cracking down on senators' overdue library books, Here's the full story" Italy's Senate library is getting tough on forgetful lawmakers demanding they return books on Adolf Hitler and other subjects that are up to 25 years overdue.
Anonymous Patron writes "It seems overdue books are not a problem unique to North America. News From Kuala Lumpur reports Malaysians in central Pahang state have failed to return more than 20 000 books including some rare and limited editions from the state library, it was reported.
Some of the books were taken from the Pahang Public Library as long as 28 years ago, state library acting director Faridzah Jaafar said."
madtom writes "After Bryan Haynes was caught, Syracuse police could have thrown "the book" at him. The Syracuse motorist refused to pull over for officers - and even drove against traffic on Erie Boulevard trying to shake them - because he had a stolen library book in his car, Sgt. Thomas Connellan said. "It was stupid," Connellan said. The Syracuse motorist refused to pull over for officers - and even drove against traffic on Erie Boulevard trying to shake them - because he had a stolen library book in his car, Sgt.
An Anonymous Patron sends "this audio piece from NPR's Morning Edition. No more polite letters from the Austin Public Library, which loses half a million dollars a year in lost materials and unpaid fines. Now patrons with overdue books will be hearing from a collection agency. (Real Audio required)"
With $2 million due in fines, some 26,000 items missing from their collection, and over 6,000 overdue accounts, the Wichita, KS library has decided, [at long last, it would seem] to engage the services of a collection agency to help get their money. "The worst offender is a reader who checked out 124 items nearly a decade ago and never returned them. The price of those items and fines add up to $2,430.66. Five other people owe more than $1,000." Read all about it.
Story from the Philadelphia Inquirer about renewed efforts to collect overdue fines from scofflaw book borrowers, part of a program to recover lost income after a significant budget cut last year. According to Cecy Keller, Director of the Chester County System, a debt of over $50 to the library will go onto your
credit report, preventing library patrons from obtaining mortgages or bank loans not to mention withdrawal of library privileges.