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Biting the Library Bullet

March 17th, 2006 at 08:50 am

This weekend I need to drop off way, way, way overdue (like at least a year) library books and clear up the fees, so that the kids and I will have a cheaper alternative to buying books (it was getting out of control and I'm running out of room).

I have no idea how much we will owe. We have about 5 books to return and I'm afraid that maybe we've lost one and will need to pay for it.

Sigh.

Still in the long run it will be cheaper than buying and we can see the library from my son's bedroom window, so it's a shame not to use it.

Also, tomorrow at 9 am I have to register my kids online for swimming lessons. They love their swimming lessons and it's definitely $100 well spent.

I will STOP putting off going to the library. This will all be taken care of in less than two hours.

5 Responses to “Biting the Library Bullet”

  1. StressLess Says:

    Don't panic! At all the libraries I've worked at, the fines stop accruing at some point. Often they won't make you pay more than half the value of the book. Also, ask if they will take a replacement copy of the lost book, rather than the money. You might be able to find a copy for much less money than their so called "replacement cost." (And if you know what book it is, and come in with a copy in hand, they are more apt to say yes. No guarantees, though--they might not need or want it if they have multiple copies or it's too old.)

  2. PrincessPerky Says:

    I have a fear of overdue fines when I forget, but I always find that it isn't that bad, better to go in and find out anyway! Good luck!

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    You know, every once in a while we too have late books...I have always looked at library fines as an extra donation to a really good cause- If I HAVE to pay a fine, I would much rather it be to the library than anywhere else!!!

  4. Single Mom Extraordinaire Says:

    Thanks for the input everyone. Good point about replacement books, Stressless and you are right, Thrity Ray at least the money will go towards an excellent cause! As it turned out the library was closed yesterday, so I put the books in the drop box and I will go there later today or Monday. I hope it's not as bad as I'm fearing like Princess Perky says.

  5. Monica Ricci Says:

    I gotta say I am LOVING this blog! My mom was a single parent when I was a kid and she raised two of us without ever taking a dime of public money or going one penny into debt. Your blog is bringing so much of that back to me, and it's really inspiring. As to the books, the library is a great resource that so many people have dismissed. Also, remember that if the book you want isn't in the library, you could also find it online VERY cheap if you buy used copies. ~Monica

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