The following is written by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck.
This summer my family and I managed to rack up thirty four dollars in library fines. Thirty four dollars! I”m not sure if I should be proud or ashamed.
On the one hand, at ten cents a day per book, that number represents a lot of summer reading but on the other, building up enormous library late fees isn”t exactly the lesson in responsibility that I want to teach my children.
Luckily for my wallet, our sweet small town librarian waved the fines. (Possibly because she knows that at $1 sheet, my laminating habit will ensure that they get their money one way or another).
This amnesty, while kind, doesn”t relieve my guilt. I really need to do better about keeping track of the library materials we check out.
I know that the main problem is our relaxed summer schedule. Unlike during the rest of the year, our summer library day has floated around from week to week to the point that no one knows when anything is due anymore.
“Was this a Thursday check out? Or a Saturday check out? Or what about that time we dashed in real quick to get some books for the car ride to the family reunion?”
It also doesn”t help that we check out a variety of materials, so our designated space for library books on the bookshelf isn”t working when some things (audio books, dvds, vhs tapes) travel to other parts of the house for their use. [Read more…]