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whats the worst book you borrowed from the library and for got to take back


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Initial post: 24 Aug 2010, 10:58:07 BST
i think the worst book was harry potter

Posted on 24 Aug 2010, 21:41:20 BST
gille liath says:
The History of Concrete - oh no, that wasn't me, it was Daddy Pig.

Posted on 24 Aug 2010, 22:06:00 BST
Nobody Fair says:
As in most popular... or An awful book?

Posted on 24 Aug 2010, 22:24:32 BST
awful books

Posted on 25 Aug 2010, 21:32:21 BST
S Riaz says:
lol gille! My daughter loves Daddy Pig - but still think the best episode was the one where he had to put the picture up!

Have not borrowed a book from the library for a long while. Really, really struggled with The Time Traveller's Wife. I strugged through to the end and thought, what a waste of life...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2010, 21:48:24 BST
I've stopped reading books that I no longer enjoy or struggle to get into. I used to force myself to continue to read the books that never got me going but then thought why am I doing this - I could be reading something that I want to shout about and tell everyone to read, rather than just read the words. I've read so many books in the past that I never actually got into, and if anyone was to ask me all I could say was I never got into that, couldn't tell you the first thing about it! Hence why I gave up and now enjoy my reading

Posted on 13 Sep 2010, 15:44:08 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
Can we stop mentioning 'forgetting to bring a book back to the library' as if it was one of the most evil crime someone can do in their citizen's life? It's because of this belief that a lot of people do not use library services. Some have very overdue books or fines and are so ashamed that they don't dare ever stepping into the library again.
Figure this out: the charge you pay for overdue items is virtually the library's only income. If every one on earth was tidy, organised, (bothered), or had nothing better to do, they would all bring their loans back on time and libraries would not make ANY income whatsoever. How then would they buy more books?
Bringing your books late back to your library is human. And as long as you're happy with the idea that you will be charged for that it's FINE! You should never feel guilty for that and if you feel that a librarian made you feel guilty about it, do complain formally to management!
A librarian.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 19:31:20 BST
gille liath says:
Well, you guys don't really stock these old-fashioned 'books' any more, do you? So this is really just a bit of reminiscing on our part.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 19:40:29 BST
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Ku says:
How much would I be fined for a hypothetical book I'd been holding onto since 1976?

Wha'?! It's a hypothetical train book. Thomas the Tank Engine, possibly. I loved that stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 20:11:19 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 20:14:05 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
lol. :D When was the last time you stepped into a library? Actually, purchasing library book stock is my job. Make statements on things you do know about.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 20:17:55 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
Technically 5 quid. But in reality you'd probably get a fit of laughter and the congratulations of the library assistant for holding on the book for so long! ;D

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 21:23:48 BST
F.Y. GAINE WHAT ARE YOU ON ABOUT? LOL

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 21:50:40 BST
gille liath says:
Sadly, I do know about it. Libraries nowadays are just sh*t - there are no books, and no peace in which to read them if there were. Plenty of computers, though...and it's because I have tried to use them that I know that.

I'm sure you're a great bunch of guys, though.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 22:16:19 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
I resent computers in libraries at least as much as you do. I am the one who has to help computer illiterate people to get on their stupid Facebook and IT train librarians who would rather spend that time delivering quality information. Same about self-service terminals which dehumanize the place and prevent job creation . Unfortunately the very people who deliver the service in libraries were not given a choice, they were faced with that or had to queue at the job centre.
As for people who claim that libraries are 'just sh*t' they are those who would never use them anyway (see all the preconceived ideas about libraries) so it doesn't bother me much.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 22:18:19 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
Forget it my friend. And writing in caps in forums is considered rude. See, you've learned something today!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 23:36:44 BST
i understad you, if your that botherd why dont you change your job?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010, 23:37:51 BST
LOL sorry (lol)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2010, 22:00:45 BST
Ku says:
Heheh.

A fiver doesn't sound too bad.

Perhaps the book will become an antique soon.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2010, 18:49:56 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
Because I am not a heart transplant surgeon, a plumber or a cook. I am a librarian and that is what i do. I have studied hard and worked years in that branch. Because I won't give up on the job i love doing just because of a bad financial atmosphere and the ill-use of technology in my service by our leaders. I'd rather stand and carry on doing my best to deliver this service properly. Maybe also because we are no longer in a time when you can change job just like you change your pair of shoes. I do have a mortgage and 2 kids to provide for. I am attending an interview to apply for my own job next week. That is what most public service employees are facing nowadays.

Posted on 7 Sep 2011, 20:04:57 BST
I once got locked in the library on a Saturday afternoon just as it closed. If a member of staff hadn't spotted me and my then small son when she returned from the shops to collect her car I would have had to ring the fire station next door. It wasn't till I rang the library three weeks later to renew the books that I realised they had never been stamped out. I still have the four books but haven't been to the library since!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2011, 03:11:52 BST
N. R. A says:
I don´t mind paying overdue sometimes if I forget to renew the books online, because I am very happy of the communal service such as scottish and finnish libraries offer (free and everything you can hope for).

But what i do not believe is that paying for your late books would keep the system running (as a "virtually the library´s only income"). Quite the opposite. The books in the library are meant to circulate and are not meant to stay too long at one person. The overdue fee is a stick or in a way also a carrot for those who have other things to remember too. In order to work, libraries need the books to be on the go all the time.
RN

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2011, 03:12:02 BST
N. R. A says:
I don´t mind paying overdue sometimes if I forget to renew the books online, because I am very happy of the communal service such as scottish and finnish libraries offer (free and everything you can hope for).

But what i do not believe is that paying for your late books would keep the system running (as a "virtually the library´s only income"). Quite the opposite. The books in the library are meant to circulate and are not meant to stay too long at one person. The overdue fee is a stick or in a way also a carrot for those who have other things to remember too. In order to work, libraries need the books to be on the go all the time.
RN

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2011, 17:39:34 BST
Mondoro says:
In practice don't these fines simply go into the local authority's general revenue rather than the library budget?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2011, 14:22:15 BST
F. Y. Gaine says:
That happened because unless private companies like shops or other businesses who throw you out 15 minutes before the actual closing time, public libraries let you enjoy the service through the whole of its opening hours. If it says 5pm closing time, you are entitled to stay until then and not being rudely ushered out. Up to you to be responsible and leave when it is time to!.. :-)
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