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#291982 - 03/16/19 10:30 PM Survival book borrowed in 1977 returned to Library
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1400
Loc: Cranbrook BC (Finally)
Must of have been a slow reader or lost for a long time?

VANCOUVER — A book about surviving in the outdoors has been returned to a B.C. library branch more than four decades after it was checked out.

The book, “Wilderness Living: A Complete Handbook and Guide to Pioneering in North America” was borrowed from the Union Bay branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 1977.

It was returned anonymously to the Courtenay branch last Monday.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

#291985 - 03/16/19 10:47 PM Re: Survival book borrowed in 1977 returned to Library [Re: Teslinhiker]
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Geezer in Chief

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7145
Loc: southern Cal

A similar story just in our news today. Could we use the applicable fines to retire the national debt?
Geezer in Chief

#291987 - 03/17/19 12:12 AM Re: Survival book borrowed in 1977 returned to Library [Re: Teslinhiker]
haertig Offline

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2117
Loc: Colorado
My libraries have gone to the "no fines" garbage that is so popular now. They say it's easier to administer (duh!) and makes their patrons happy. Yeah, I guess so, if you're the kind of patron who doesn't return their loans. Why they decided to cater to the scumbag patrons over the honest ones is beyond me. I've been first in line with a hold on a book due in two weeks, that I don't get for six months. All because I ended up with a jerk in front of me. No fines for the jerk, just penalize everyone else waiting in line instead.

Now I do mostly eBooks, because a jerk cannot hold up the next person in line. It's much more predictable when a book will be returned and become available again. It's not perfectly predictable, because you may have a bunch of people ahead of you, and they have all put their holds "on pause". You think you're next, but if one of these paused holds is reactivated, they jump right back into their original place at the start of the line. This is very handy when you are the one doing the pausing, but not so exciting when you have a lot of others in front of you turning their pauses on and off. But still, it's better than the unlimited delays you can see with the jerks that keep physical books forever and totally ignore due dates.

#291989 - 03/17/19 02:40 AM Re: Survival book borrowed in 1977 returned to Library [Re: haertig]
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Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2265
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
On the subject of libraries, in my younger years, I visited the library so often that one of the librarians memorized my library card number. I would show up at the counter with just the book and she'd type in my number.

Jeanette Isabelle
“Trust me, this is not gonna end well!” — Pleakley, Lilo & Stitch


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