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UNRETURNED LIBRARY BOOKS CAN MEAN JAIL TIME

“Call it throwing the book at the bookworms. A Texas man who was arrested for failing to return an overdue library book ignited an online flurry of snarky comments and headlines about the Lone Star State extending its tough-on-crime bravado to books. But such cases aren’t unheard of, and many communities faced with shrinking budgets and rising costs have ordinances calling for fines or even arrest warrants when library property isn’t returned.” (via The Associated Press)

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Jailed for overdue library books? Not in Grand Rapids anymore

“An ordinance that provided for a penalty of up to 30 days in jail for failing to return a library book is being expunged from the city code. Grand Rapids City Commission is in the process of repealing part of a “disorderly conduct” ordinance that spells out the following punishments for “any person who detains or fails to return” books or other library items: a fine of $10 to $50 or imprisonment for 7 to 30 days, or both.” (via MLive.com)

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Lost library book found in Japan, returned to Sacramento

Lost library book returns after 10,000 mile trip to Australia

“A copy of the Rough Guide to Sicily was taken out from Oystermouth library in January and was found abandoned in a hotel room on the Italian island. The woman from Melbourne who found it later posted it back to Wales when she was back in Australia. The note she sent with the returned book said: “One of your naughty borrowers left this book behind.” (via BBC)

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Library book returned 41 years overdue

“A library book 41 years overdue is finally returned to the Champaign County Library.  The library received $299.30 in cash and a handwritten note that read: “To Champaign County Library:   Sorry I’ve kept this book so long, but I’m a really slow reader!  I’ve enclosed my fine of $299.30 (41 years, 2 cents a day). Once again, my apologies.” (via WDTN)

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