Ever turn in a book late?
I enjoy a very tenuous relationship with my local library staff as sometimes I keep a book beyond the 4 weeks allotted because I need some extra time and do not wish to lose it to the great abyss that is the circulation system. God knows when I’ll be able to see it again or whether I’ll be able to pick off where I left off if I check it out again. There are also times when I’m so busy that I can’t make it to the library during business hours.
For whatever reason, there are days when my library record is squeaky clean and others when I have to cringe as the librarian scans my card. She usually informs me with a “look” that I have x book(s) out and have x dollars in fines. I inform her I will turn the book in ASAP and slink out of the library with massive guilt.
It doesn’t help that the librarians at this library have known me since I was like 7 or 8 years old….
My most shameful library story wasn’t even at my local branch, but rather in college when I racked up a fine that made my heart stop. Let’s just say that I had to write a check…but it was all for a good cause: a major paper during finals time.
Needless to say that my “criminal” borrowing past and the embarrassment it has brought me have convinced me that I need to reform myself. However, if I weren’t convinced of this already, a story from Britain would have inevitably led me to the same conclusion.