Wednesday, April 30, 2008

bookish

i'm happy to announce that i'm back on good terms with my local liberry! i received a bill from them about four months ago announcing that i owed them thirty-five dollars to replace a book that i had never returned. i was kind of upset about it, since i'd actually been pretty organized with that bunch of books, and i was fairly certain that i had actually returned it on time. i searched my house, contemplated paying the thirty-five bucks and considering it a donation to a lovely institution (theoretically, anyway), and put off doing anything about it for a long time. yesterday i took bean to the library to get a book about afghanistan (also some about germany, notably an adorable picture book-style little kids' dictionary). i had my overdue notice with me, so i took it to the stacks, where i found two copies of the book i supposedly lost. i did some nancy drew-type detective work, picked one of the books, and confronted the librarian with my evidence. at first, she said, looking at the computer, "no, it says here the book was never returned," but then she examined the book i'd found on the shelf and admitted that it was the one i had checked out. so i'm clean. and i was right all along, too, which i love.

the library is not an excellent one. i hate to criticize it, because it might be fabulous given a much better financial situation (i.e. if we were not in a recession, etc), and it is a big building full of books, magazines, videos, dvds, computers and homeless people with nowhere else to hang out, and what's not to love about that? but i have seen gorgeous modern public libraries (especially this one), and this is not one of them. things are kind of a mess in there, and they never have newish books you're looking for. and with a few exceptions, the librarians are not the young hip kind.

but i'm still pleased that my record is clean now.

5 comments:

meg said...

it's funny that i'm a librarian and yet i rarely use the library.

and when i was in grad school they held my diploma because i had a $35 fine at the university library (which my mother-in-law paid off for me).

Adam said...

That happens all the time when I'm working at the school library. Then again, it's staffed by parent volunteers like me...

michaela said...

you would LOVE the Minneapolis central library. it's huge and light and has fireplaces and was just rebuilt. http://www.mpls.lib.mn.us/central.asp

Mary said...

oh, sigh....there's no place like the Oak Park library....but the (temporary) Cambridge library,though homely, is a wonderful resource.I love looking up books & requesting them on line. When they come in to my branch I get email & go pick them up. Easy! and so far, they don't accuse me of keeping out books that I've returned (I can re-new on line, too!)

Mary said...

I just reread & edited my previous comment, realizing that I had double spaced after all the periods....