Tag Archives: Circulation

To save books, librarians create fake ‘reader’ to check out titles

“Chuck Finley appears to be a voracious reader, having checked out 2,361 books at the East Lake County Library in a nine-month period this year.But Finley didn’t read a single one of the books, ranging from “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck to a kids book called “Why Do My Ears Pop?” by Ann Fullick. That’s because Finley isn’t real.The fictional character was concocted by two employees at the library, complete with a false address and drivers license number.” (via Orlando Sentinel)

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Libraries have secrets: The private rooms of North Jersey’s public libraries

Libraries – shhhhh! – have secrets. Including, probably, yours. Just ask your librarian about the books that don’t circulate. Books you don’t know about. Books not in any catalog or database. Books too rare, too wonderful, too terrible, too ridiculous or too scandalous to lend out. “This door is always locked,” says Sarah Kiefer, local history librarian, as she directs visitors into the sanctum sanctorum: the locked room behind the locked room at the Ridgewood Public Library. Here, kept at a regulated temperature of between 63 and 65 degrees, are the treasures of the Local History Room of the library’s Bolger Heritage Center.” (via NJ.com)

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Lee elementary checking library for inappropriate books

“Human error is to blame for why a 10-year-old student was able to check out a book riddled with profanity, violence and sexually explicit language from his elementary school two weeks ago. The fifth-grader borrowed a book called “Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War” from Hancock Creek Elementary School’s media center. Written by Evan Wright, the book was made into a HBO mini-series in 2008, and tells the stories of U.S. Marines in the First Recon Battalion in Bahgdad. “We do apologize to our parents for this mistake,” said Principal Cynthia Phillips-Luster. “It was not done on purpose, and we’re in the process of fixing it.” (via News Press)

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New Anne Arundel library policy allows residents to borrow up to 99 DVDs

“The ultimate challenge: 99 movies. One hundred sixty-eight hours — if you don’t require sleep. Anne Arundel County Public Library has upped the number of movies residents can check out at one time to 99. The previous limit was 10 — five each from two different categories. “It’s always been confusing to our customers how many DVDs they can check out,” said library spokeswoman Christine Feldmann. “We heard from staff that customers were looking to check out more… There was no downside for us.” (via capitalgazette.com)

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American Girl dolls are at home in Manassas, Leesburg libraries

“Kit, Julie, Molly, Kaya, Josefina, Samantha and Addy rarely have the chance to get together these days. The American Girl doll collection at Bull Run Regional Library in Prince William County is kept on a shelf behind a counter. But, one day recently, Kit Kittredge sat there alone. The friends had been checked out by some of the library’s youngest patrons, who can now borrow the dolls just like books.” (via The Washington Post)

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