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Hayden Library Patron Faces $2587 Fine

A Hayden Library patron with either a voracious appetite for reading or an insatiable need for information now faces some hefty overdue book fines. A grand theft charge might also await in the next chapter. Library director John Hartung reported Wednesday that a patron had checked out 124 books over a three-day period in May, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department says. The individual, whose identity was not released by the sheriff’s department, failed to return the books when they were due in mid-June. According to the report, the patron did not respond to letters sent by the library/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I'm a little at a loss re: why the Hayden Library allowed one person to check out 124 books over 3 days. How about you? Is the library partly to blame for this situation?

Library Scofflaws Win Amesty w/Food

Patrons participating in an overdue-fine amnesty at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library donated a record amount of food to a local food bank. From Nov. 15 to Dec. 4, patrons gave 892 pounds of food as part of the Fa La La La La Food for Fines. A donation of nonperishable food for people or pets could be donated at the library in lieu of payments for late fees. The amnesty did not apply to charges for lost or damaged items. Since the periodic Food for Fines program was introduced, the largest donation to date was in March 2008 when 510 pounds was collected/David Townsend, Coeur d’Alene Today. More here.

Question: I’ll confess right up front that every other book that I return to the library is overdue. How about you? Do you get your library books back in time?

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