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Tone's Book Zone
By Sue Tone
A blog for readers and book lovers. Postings will include information on book festivals, library activities, local authors, classroom visits, book groups, writing and publishing tips, reviews, bookmakers and bookmaking, and how volunteers can help children and adults acquire a love of reading.
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Do due date reminders really do away with overdue doo-doo?

 by Sue Tone

One of the many things I like about our Yavapai Library Network is the warning emails it sends out three days prior to your due date - your books' due date, that is - and then again on the actual due date day. Daily fines don't start to accrue for another three days, thanks to a generous grace period.

These notifications are priceless when you have more than, let's say, 25 items checked out for various time frames. The ability to renew them once or twice online takes away some of the overdue fine worries.

Another great thing the Prescott Public Library has going for it is that it allows overdue patrons to continue to check out books, CDs or DVDs until one reaches $10 in fines. It wasn't that long ago - maybe three years - that a librarian at a nearby library refused to check out a book for me because of a 10-cent fine.

It takes a year or two for me to reach my $10 overdue fine limit. The current amount shows up every time I renew books online. It also shows up on the self-checkout machines at the library.

I use the self-checkouts a lot. No lines.

For several years, I had no library card. Well, I did, but it went AWOL for a while. I memorized the 16-digit number. I can't always come up with my own telephone number, so this was an incredible feat and tells you just how desperate I am when it comes to using the library.

How often do you pop in? Is it to pick up books on hold or browse for something unknown? Do you visit the Friends' used book shelves? Stock up on movies or books on tape for long weekends or rainy weather?

Here's why I visit my public library:

The free Book Page magazine comes out once a month with reviews for newly published books. The rack empties quickly, so hit it within 2-3 days before and after the first of the month.

My ukulele group meets once a month in one of the rooms.

My former college roommate works there.

I pick up my book group's selection every month.

I stop in on Friday afternoons after running errands for my mother.

Weekends I walk downtown and hear the building call my name; the feet just point that way.

Sometimes there are guest speakers or events.

It's hard to understand why some people, adults as well as children, don't have a library card, or do have one but don't use it.

It's free.

Unless you're helping build that new wing $10 at a time...

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Article comment by: tamara knapp

I enjoyed reading your blog. I knew you loved libraries, but wow! You're nuts about them!

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