... my first library job was in the university library when I was studying for my BA - Music & Fine Art Collection - the BEST student job, gorgeous books to browse through, spiffy students studying at the tables nearby... I had to cover those big, beautiful art books too with this very expensive plastic protective stuff. I loved doing it - something my kids will never believe when they see the way I shriek at the darn coverseal for their school books!
Anyway, I ended up going on to do a Masters in Library Studies and learned how to Dewey. But here's the thing, I am SHOCKING with overdue books. Just shocking. I had one particular book out for YEARS. (Accidentally I might add, we moved house). Yes, I reckon I've paid for a fair number of new books for the collection what with the fines I racked up. And so I should, overdue books is BAD FORM.
As is talking in the library, which I may be guilty of at times too...
I've tried to get better, honest - my fine yesterday was only a dollar which is the best I've been in ages. And in the modern public library at least, a little chitter chatter is acceptable. While the big library is still closed due to earthquake damage, our local branch round-the-corner has reopened and is sooooooooooo busy it's wonderful.
There is nothing like browsing the non-fiction shelves when I'm in brainstorming mode (the point where I'm currently at). Right now I have an Encyclopedia of Mythology, a dreams interpretation book, a graphic designers at home' book and a 'how to be glamourous' book by the desk. (My new heroine is going to be VERY glam - or at least, appear to be!). And they're not enough, I'm going back today for more of a wander between the shelves, choosing books by their cover like you're not supposed to do. AND I'n going to return some of the books I got yesterday already - ha! No more fines this week!!!
Do you always return on time???