aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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Somehow I don’t think this is the way to increase library usage

A few days ago, the AP reported that a woman in Wisconsin was arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines.

“Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor told the News Graphic in Cedarburg that she ignored the library's calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court.

"Still, she was surprised when officers with a warrant knocked on her door, cuffed her and took her to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed.

"Police Capt. Joe Gabrish says officers follow the same procedure with every warrant.

"Library director John Hanson says a couple of dozen people are cited each year for failure to return materials or pay fines.

"The incident cost Dalibor about $30 for the two overdue paperbacks. It cost her mother $172 to free her.”

I owe under $5, so I think I’m safe. Our library allows self checkout, so I don’t interact with the people with the cash register much. And there are books where it is worth 50 cents a day to keep them a little longer.



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