OverdueAugust 17, 2010
Yesterday, I went to my public library’s website, and after punching in my library card # and pin #, I quickly covered my eyes while my daughter peeked at the screen to tell me whether it was safe to look.
I’m telling you – this is why I buy books.
I suck as a library user. I really do. I check out so many books, and I read maybe 1 of them, and lose the rest.
Yeah, my library has an on-line system, where I can log in and check what books are in my possession, and when they are due to be returned.
And yeah, it also has a “renew” button on the website.
Yep. I am also signed up for email alerts when a book is getting near due.
Guess what else?
I have a husband who writes, and also reads like a fiend, and spends a million hours at the library (never wracking up fees, either). he’s more than willing to take my books in with him when he goes. If I give them to him.
Before we checked my account, we checked Lemon’s. She was afraid of her overdue fines, too. But she owed $2.50. Easy to pony up with that chump change.
Once, a couple of years ago, I lost a book, and had a bunch of other books – one of which was a “Speed Read” (due in a week and not renewable … even though I’ve never read a book within that required week; or even started it within that required week), and probably had some DVDs in there, too, and they accumulate $2/day or something obscene like that. I went in, eventually, to settle up, and was informed that I owed $120. No, I did not mean to put any decimal points in there. I wrote the library a check for One Hundred and Twenty Dollars.
And yesterday, I feared it was worse. I’ve been harboring this fear for at least a year. I am not exaggerating. I have avoided the library (a mere 3 blocks from my home) for that long.
When Lemon saw the result, she gasped. I was scared.
Ha! Pennies! Absolute pennies!
I then came clean to her about the last time I owed money. She was horrified that we share genetic material.
I paid on line, and then we all went to the library. I checked out 3 books. Exercised restraint. Sort of. Because I’m not really sure why I checked out three books when I’m still in the very beginning (p. 285) of a 1,000 page monster by Stephen King (because I am devouring it, and will be finished soon, that’s why!).
I’m sure I’ll read them before they’re due ….