Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Got Any Overdue Library Books?

I love libraries. The shelves and shelves of books all neatly arranged into categories. The smell of hardcovers and paperbacks. Seeing books carried about like prized gems in the arms of happy patrons. I could spend hours, no, days in a library.

But I never check out any of their books.

Why? Because I confess I have a problem. I'm a tardy book returner. Not tardy as in oh-my-gosh-this-book-was-due-yesterday. More like sweet-mercy-this-book-should've-been-back-last-century. So I've cut myself off from the shame and late fees by simply never checking anything out anymore.

And I bet a couple in Michigan wish they would've taken my same stance.

Catherine Duren is charged for failing to return a Dr. Seuss book that she checked out in 2014. Oh yeah, and then she lost it (been there, done that). And her husband faces charges as well for checking out a book (The Rome Prophecy by Michael Morley) and holding onto it for more than 8 months. They face a $500 fine and up to 93 days in jail.

If this story intrigues you or you think I make this stuff up, HERE is the full scoop.


chappydebbie said...

Yikes! I have too many books that I already own that need to be read...no way I would check one out at a library. I would never read it in time to to return it on time. But, I DO love libraries.

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