Thursday, August 10, 2017

Today in books returned after 38 years

Via @tompkins_square_library:

This book was casually returned today — only 38 years late! 😄 The book, "The Woman in the White House" by Marianne Means, describes the contributions of 12 First Ladies.


Anonymous said...

I've been WAITING for that to come back in!

Anonymous said...

Obligatory reference

Gojira said...

Wow - I had just moved into the EV when this was checked out, at the ripe old age of 21...

Anonymous said...

1 year = 365 days.
10 cents in 1979 = 35 cents today
365 days X 38 years X $.35 = 1 billion dollars! No wonder why NYPL keeps cutting hours, branches, and staff. Its people like this who don't return library books timely or at all. Couldn't (s)he just downloaded this and read it on his or her Tanfy TRS-80?

"What's amazing to me about the library is it's a place where you go in you can take out any book you want they just give it to you and say bring it back when you're done.

It reminds me of like this pathetic friend that everybody had when they were a little kid who would let you borrow any of his stuff if you would just be his friend. That's what the library is. A government funded pathetic friend. And that's why everybody kinds of bullies the library. I'll bring it back on time ... I'll bring it back late.

... Oh, what are you going to do? Charge me a nickel?"


"Well, let me tell you something, funny boy. Y'know that little stamp, the one that says "New York Public Library"? Well that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole hell of a lot.

Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I've seen your type before:
Flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. What's this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Well, let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me. Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world, but what about that kid, sitting down, opening a book, right now, in a branch at the local library and finding drawings of pee-pees and wee-wees on the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers?

Doesn't HE deserve better? Look. If you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped! Or: maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld; maybe that's how y'get your kicks. You and your good-time buddies. Well I got a flash for ya, joy-boy: Party time is over."

Librarian said...

That will be $6,840.15, please. If you're financially unable to pay your late fee immediately, you can make monthly payments through an installment agreement. As long as you pay your late fee in full, you can reduce or eliminate your payment of penalties or interest, and avoid the fee associated with taking out another book for 38 years.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't even born yet :)

Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for the book and possibly the movie to come out about this wonderful occurrance!