Tuesday, January 10, 2017
A Year With No Library Fines? I'm Going to Try!
At this moment in time, I know where every last library book is. In my house and life, that's a minor miracle. The books almost always get back on time, but it sometimes involves a whole lot of searching and stressing.
Now that I know where everything is, I'm going to see if we can make it through the year with no fines. A while back, I posted about my strategies for avoiding library fines. They work well, as long as I don't stick a book in an unexpected place or completely lose track of what the date is.
Until this week, I'd been playing hide-and-seek with a quilting book since mid-summer. They'll usually let me renew a book for a fourth time if I explain that I'm still looking for it and ask nicely. This time, I got a librarian who gave me a huge lecture and warned me that she was putting a note in my account that I'd had the book for way too long. All she had to do was say no. I knew I was on thin ice and would have been absolutely fine with that.
Another three weeks passed with no sign of the book. I renewed the other titles that were due on the same day, over the phone because we hadn't received the replacement router yet. I told the lady I was talking to that I knew I couldn't renew that one and would pay the fines the next time we were in. And without missing a beat she renewed it for me again.
The next day, it turned up in my knitting corner, exactly where I'd looked a dozen times. It's back at the library now and I'm determined to keep better track of things.