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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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For Young Readers, a Chance to Work Off Library Debt

“Mark is just one of many young scofflaws who are taking advantage of a program by the Queens Borough Public Library intended to help younger library users eliminate their overdue fines. While the penalties for failing to return an item on time for library users younger than 21 might not seem high – 10 cents per day for a book, $1 per day for a CD or DVD – they can add up and be onerous for children from families of limited means. And once library users have accumulated a total of $15 in fines, their borrowing privileges can be suspended.” (via NYTimes.com)

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