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How a library book filched from Rolling Hills High turned up 50 years later

“A caper 50 years in the making came to a close this week in the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School library. The culprit was Carol Kronberg, a member of the first graduating class at Rolling Hills High School in 1966. The heist began during her senior year, when she nabbed a library book she needed for a term paper without checking it out. She finally returned the book during Sunday’s 50-year reunion for her high school class, as she and a group of former classmates took a tour of their former school — which is now Peninsula High — in Rolling Hills Estates.” (via Daily Breeze)

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Agreement ends prosecution in Tecumseh’s overdue library book case

“Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrote a “happy” ending Tuesday to a delinquent Tecumseh District Library book case. Criminal misdemeanor charges against a Tecumseh couple for failure to return rented property were dismissed in Lenawee County District Court. Defendants Melvin and Catherine Duren paid all delinquent book fees and the replacement cost of a Dr. Seuss book they were unable to find.” (via The Daily Telegram)

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Michigan Couple Arraigned on Larceny Charges for Late Library Books

“Two overdue library books have landed a married couple in Tecumseh, Michigan, afoul of the law. Not only have the husband and wife been fined more than $200, but they were arraigned in court Thursday, each charged with larceny of rental equipment. “We were appalled, totally appalled,” Catherine Duren, 44, told ABC News today. “We didn’t commit a crime.” (via ABC News)

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[Wisconsin] Assembly passes bill allowing libraries to take late fees to collections

“The state Assembly has passed a bill permitting libraries to report borrowers who owe late fees to collections agencies, or in some cases, to law enforcement.The bill passed on a voice vote during a marathon Assembly session Tuesday.It allows a library to report delinquent accounts to a law enforcement agency if the delinquency is at least $50. Information that may be disclosed is the individual’s name, contact information and the amount owed.” (via Madison.com)

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This Library System Is Willing to Forgive Your Fine…Just This Once 

“If you’ve ever failed to return a library book, you’re not alone—even George Washington was a library scofflaw. And if you live in Los Angeles, you can return your books without fear of a fine for the next two weeks, regardless of how long you’ve had them checked out. It’s all part of an increasing trend of library amnesty programs aimed at welcoming forgetful or unlucky patrons back into the fold. The Los Angeles Public Library’s amnesty period, which lasts from February 1 through February 14, is as much an attempt to regain lost patrons as lost books. “Nothing can keep us apart, not even late fees,” announces the library on its website, in a Valentine’s Day-tinged message about its amnesty program.” (via Smithsonian)

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