Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The jig is almost up on this library racketeering ring I've got going on

So...I have this book that is overdue at the library.
It's been due since September.

At first, I had it. Then three weeks went by and *poof *suddenly it was due.
Then I couldn't locate it so I renewed it for another 3 weeks. That brought us to October.
Then I still couldn't find it. I renewed it for the 2nd and final time we are allowed to renew it. That took me to the first week of November.

Then something magical happened.
I was at the library picking up some books while on a break from my little Saturday job. The lady in front of me took waaaaay too long and my break was almost over by the time I got to the counter to take out my books.
I was explaining that I had to get going when the clerk--who I am well-known to since she sees me twice a week when I get out books--says "Give me your card and go! I'll take care of it."
"I think there are some overdue books."
"Don't worry. I'll override it."
That brought me to December.

Then I renewed it again. That brought me to the middle of December.
Then I thought it was time to face the music and pay for the book that my house has eaten. I told the other librarian that I think I had misplaced it and that I should pay for it.
She shook her head. "I'll renew it one more time. Why don't you see what you can find at home."
That brings me to next week.

A week that is approaching rather quickly in my mind.
Especially since cupboards have been searched, bookcases moved, underwear drawers looked in (I am desperate. I know, who puts a book in their underwear drawer? I can't think straight when I'm desperate), and I even took a trip to the garage to see if I might have accidentally recycled it.
Can't find it.
Can't find it all.

And the worst part is...

I've never even read it.


Jenny said...

I've been through this.....when I was in high school I volunteered @ the Point library, and sometimes the librarians who liked me would void my fines. Let me tell you, nothing makes an avid reader feel VIP like special treatment at the library....

Camie said...

Hee hee, I've been there...Several times!
I actually don't enjoy getting books out for that very reason - my house seems to really like em books and as you said eats em up!

Hope you find it!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like something that happens all the time at my house. CYK

Shaun and Holly said...

Oh no! I hope that you have found the book by now?

We recently lost a book. It was our son's soft cover Hardy Boys book, from the City Library. It cost us $17!!! If we find it, we get $8. of it back. Crazy, hey? But, we have lived in this City for 10 years and this is the 1st book that we have ever lost...


the lady of the house said...

Man that stinks! I have a couple books that I was supposed to return back to teachers when I was in High School but never got them back to them because I had graduated early... It is fun to flip through them now but at the time I was worried sick about them and thought for sure the book police was going to hunt me down...