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Oh Dear, Another Library Fine

The glossy cooking book, borrowed from the library, has been sitting on the coffee table, from where I pick it up and browse through it quite often. I'd almost forgotten it was a library book and had eventually to be returned.

When our son called over this morning he casually asked, "Mum, isn't it time that book went back to the library?" I looked up surprised, thinking I hadn't had it that long. But, I decided to check my online library account. Not only was my library book overdue, but I had accrued an 80 cent fine into the bargain.

I promptly renewed it online, along with three other books I have out, thus avoiding any more fines being added to the total. Thank heavens for an observant son, otherwise the fine would have grown even larger. You've probably guessed, I am a regular contributor to the library in this way!

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GemstonePink wrote on February 21, 2015, 6:56 PM

I contribute to our library by way of fines too. I know they appreciate both of us supporting our local libraries.

valmnz wrote on February 21, 2015, 6:58 PM

It would be interesting to know just how much of the library's income comes from overdue fines!

WordChazer wrote on February 21, 2015, 7:06 PM

I HATE paying library fines! Like paying overdraft fees or bank charges, the fact that I've been absent minded enough to forget to renew a book or pay a bill really annoys me. (Most of the time it is absent mindedness rather than a deliberate decision not to return the book or pay the bill in full.)

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valmnz wrote on February 21, 2015, 7:11 PM

i think I've been enjoying the book so much I'd forgotten it wasn't mine! it looked good sitting on the coffee table too emoticon :smile:

JeanC wrote on February 21, 2015, 8:26 PM

ANOTHER reason I love working at a library, I don't pay overdue fees LOL! Of course I work in circulation so I just keep renewing things until I am finished, tho for the most part since I read so fast I don't have to do that too often.

valmnz wrote on February 21, 2015, 8:30 PM

You work in a library? Oh, how wonderful! I don't get as many fines these days, as I can renew online - if I remember.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 21, 2015, 9:49 PM

I usually just buy the books anymore because of that. My fines were sometimes high enough to anyways

MelissaE wrote on February 21, 2015, 11:02 PM

I don't begrudge the library their fines. I pay them with a smile on my face.

valmnz wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:03 AM

I agree. At least the money goes toward a good cause.

valmnz wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:07 AM

I tend to buy them on my kindle as our little house will only hold so many books.

ViperGirl85 wrote on February 22, 2015, 12:55 AM

I am glad your son said something before the fine got bigger!
And oh snap, you just reminded me that I have a fine on my library card as well. I think it's only $4, but I'll try to pay that one off this week. Thank you for the reminder, lol!

DarkSinistar wrote on February 22, 2015, 1:55 AM

Our library has this thing called ELF. I think it stands for Electronic Library something-or-other. Anyway, it sends texts and emails to remind me of due dates. Before they started that, I was always returning things late.

valmnz wrote on February 22, 2015, 2:06 AM

Guess what DarkSinistar , they send them to me too emoticon :smile: but I sometimes don't open them, thinking, oh yes, I must have some books due. Enough Said!

valmnz wrote on February 22, 2015, 2:06 AM

We're the ones who keep the library in business!

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 22, 2015, 9:56 AM

I try to but them used then I dont mind donating them after I am done with them

bestwriter wrote on February 22, 2015, 9:57 AM

I do not have that worry because I do not read books. I marvel at all of you who bury yourselves in books.

UK_Writer wrote on February 22, 2015, 11:56 AM

It's a pain when that happens - puts me off borrowing the books in case I don't get round to renewing them. Of course, these days it can be done online - in the old days youhad to physically go back to the library with the book, a much harder job.

celticeagle wrote on February 24, 2015, 5:17 AM

We had a fine on one of my grandson's games. My daughter ran it down to the library on her bike. I hope we've learned our lesson. We always think we will remember.