Tag Archives: Overdue

Libraries Are Fining Children Who Can’t Afford to Be Without Books

“Library fines are the first serious penalties that most children run into outside the home, and for generations, they have been education and vexation.At age 10, Geoffrey Canada could not find a book he had borrowed from the library branch near Boston Road in the South Bronx.There, he regularly plowed through adventure books by Robert Louis Stevenson, science fiction, the works of Poe and Kipling. He and his three brothers each got a weekly allowance of a quarter, which would have given him a shot at paying off the 2-cent-a-day fine had it not climbed to about $1.80. His mother, raising the boys on her own, lived paycheck to paycheck.” (via The New York Times)

Leave a Comment

[Harvard] Libraries to Extend Loan Periods, Eliminate Standard Late Fees

“Harvard libraries will no longer charge 50 cent per day fees on overdue books. The change, one of several detailed in a post on the Harvard Library system’s website, went into effect on April 1. Though standard fees have been eliminated, fees for overdue recalled material have been raised from two dollars a day to three dollars a day, with a 45 dollar maximum. “The goals of these changes are to improve the student experience and embrace a ‘One Harvard’ approach for borrowing material across Harvard Library,” wrote Steven Beardsley, Harvard’s associate director for access services administrative operations and special projects, in an email. (via The Crimson)

Leave a Comment

Son Pays 85 Years’ Worth of Library Fines for Overdue Books His Parents Checked Out from Rockville Branch

“By Jon Kramer’s reckoning, the books that his parents checked out from Montgomery County Public Libraries in the 1970s were a combined 85 years overdue. That worked out to $1,552.30 in late fees, he calculated in November after stumbling upon 365 Meatless Main Dishes and The New Way of the Wilderness at his family’s southern Ontario homestead. He admits he considered slipping the books back onto the shelf where they’d sat for years, racking up fines at a rate of 5 cents per day.” (via Bethesda Beat)

Comments Off on Son Pays 85 Years’ Worth of Library Fines for Overdue Books His Parents Checked Out from Rockville Branch

Overdue By More Than 120 Years, A Library Book Finally Finds Its Way Home

“Finally, after more than 120 years, Paul Smith has recovered something he never knew was missing in the first place. The headmaster at Hereford Cathedral School, near the boundary between Wales and England, had been looking at his mail earlier this month when he noticed a package wrapped in brown paper addressed to him. Smith guessed immediately that the package contained a thick book — but it wasn’t until he read the note that came with it that he realized just how long that very book had been around.” (via NPR)

Comments Off on Overdue By More Than 120 Years, A Library Book Finally Finds Its Way Home

Florida plastic surgeon to return Kanawha library book overdue from 1970s, donate $500

“A Florida doctor who checked out “So You Want to Be a Doctor” from the Kanawha County Library and later became a successful plastic surgeon is returning the long overdue book he checked out in the 1970s and donating $500.Dr. Michael Kelly, a graduate of Charleston High School, is a plastic surgeon in Miami and owns Miami Plastic Surgery, according to a news release from the library.” (via wchstv)

Comments Off on Florida plastic surgeon to return Kanawha library book overdue from 1970s, donate $500

© Copyright 2017, Information Today, Inc., All rights reserved.