We go to the library every week. Every Monday, to be exact.
I love, love, love our library.
All my books are there! No really. I donated my entire book collection to my local library several years ago. I went on a decluttering binge and decided to store books at my library rather than my shelves. (I did keep all my old children’s books though.)
Anyway. Library love.
And how else would I work through all 386 recommendations of your favorite children’s books from the comments on this learning to love books post? (Because I’m a part-time nerd, I made a spreadsheet* and sorted them by number of times a book was mentioned. We’re about a third of the way through the list. We uncovered some wonderful gems that were new to us! The Gruffalo and Press Here are Crappy Boy and Crappy Baby’s favorites so far.)
What? Oh yeah, the library story…
So we are at the library and waiting in line to checkout.
The woman in front of us goes up to the counter and says:
Ha! I probably do too.
The librarian tells her the amount. $4.50
And the woman freaks out. Full of apologetic excuses.
She tells the librarian that her four-year-old got the flu and so she couldn’t come last Friday and she meant to just drop them off but it slipped her mind… and you get it.
Now, it is important to note that she was not trying to get out of the late fee. She was simply flustered by the whole situation.
She was embarrassed! Ashamed even!
And let’s be honest here. She had every reason to be ashamed!
What good, responsible mother allows a $4.50 late fee to happen?
It is our turn:
See? $12 is more like it. $4.50 is just plain embarrassing.
That was the highest late fee I’ve had…so far.
On a related note, I used to think that paying late fees benefited my library directly. It is a donation! Turns out that in many places, library fees actually go to the city, like parking ticket fines. This makes paying the fees much less charming. However, some libraries are able to use fees for maintenance and operating costs. Check with your local branch to find out where the money goes if that matters to you.
*If you want to see the children’s book spreadsheet, you can view it on Google docs right here: Non-Crappy Children’s Books (Please Note: I only added info from the comments. I didn’t fill in author names if they weren’t given and I didn’t spell check or blah, blah, blah. I also haven’t updated it if more comments have been added recently. And I probably missed some. There are mistakes and I don’t need to know about them. Use at your own risk! By viewing this spreadsheet you agree not to complain about it. Deal?)