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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Library Fines/Finds

There's something cathartic about paying up one's library fines. Perhaps it's like finally paying off the mortgage except on a miniature scale. Debts... owing people money... often does feel like a form of bondage.

I had sworn to impose an embargo on library borrowing at our place after having to do a hunt for an elusive book and a DVD over the weekend. I blame the 10 year old, of course. She takes the books everywhere and then leaves them here, there and everywhere. Like the toilet, for instance. Not that I have a problem with her reading in the toilet per se. But I can't see why she has to leave them there and cause the door to get jammed so nobody else can get to the toilet or the book without doing some kind of acrobatic maneouvre.

But yours truly lost all resolve when I started browsing. Bad idea to be browsing when trying to impose a household borrowing embargo. Had a quick squiz at a couple of pages of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and chuckled out loud. And then I spotted L.A. Confidential sitting forlornly in the perspex slot at the end of the first aisle. Aaargh... I have been so wanting to read L.A. Confidential for years, since seeing the movie. Thought the husband might like to read it even if I never get to it. What a great film that was... Not recommended for kiddies, mind you. Strictly adults only fare. Police corruption, violence, prostitution... you get my drift. But Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were really good in it. Guy Pearce, I have to say, really surprised me... I had only seen him in the odd episode of Neighbours previous to this.

At least I don't think I'll have to dig through the toy boxes, laundry basket or under the 4 year old's bed to find these books when due date comes around.


  1. We are so blessed in the Redlands where I live - no library fines unless you lose or damage a book! Actually I just got my first fine in 20 years because I wrecked a book. I took it to work one day and my lunch (leftover stew) leaked all over it. Ooops. Still I figure it's worth it for all the hours of reading pleasure the library has given me over the years!

  2. I don't think the no fines policy can really work here in Brisbane. I think it'll be complete anarchy!

    Hehehe... you've just reminded me of the number of times I've dropped food on books. Naughty me.

  3. BTW I've tagged you in a book meme on my blog if you want to join in (I know you're a reader so thought you might!) - see http://footprintsaustralia.com/blog/2011/06/14/five-books-that-changed-who-i-am/.

  4. We are members of Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan libraries. Oh, and SIC :-) Brisbane has the highest fines - I'm hoping they will again have an amnesty period in July so that I can clear my card...
    You could join Logan and borrow from Browns Plains, as they don't have any overdue fees :-) Also they seem to have more Christian books for kids (Brisbane doesn't really have any).


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