Yesterday, my local library hosted a ribbon cutting to dedicate the new NATALIE Wing of the building*. Now before you go congratulating me for my largesse, understand that I didn’t intend to independently fund the new addition…my OVERDUE fines paved the way for this architectural marvel.
Friends, it’s true: I volunteer at my library once a week and STILL manage to have overdue fines that rival the GDP of some small countries. I’m physically unable to bring back books on time despite innovative methods–a few on the library’s part–to keep me on track. I tried the automatic online renewal, by-phone renewal, and stacking the books on the table near my front door once I finish reading them–all to no avail. It would be cheaper to just BUY the books (in hardcover!) rather than borrow them.
What makes this whole situation more absurd is that I’m a frugal shopper and won’t pay retail price for anything. I’m a meticulous record keeper and love organizing things, so what is it about library books that I can’t wrap my head around?! Do I have some deep-seated library resentment? Is it a passive-aggressive borrowing issue? I need some therapy. Paging Dr. Freud…
Please tell me that I’m not the only bookworm on the planet who pays extortionate overdue fees on library materials. With my luck, you guys probably don’t have a single blemish on your library card (and don’t have cavities or parking tickets either, right?!?!).
*a teeny bit of hyperbole may have been employed during the writing of this post