How we got banned from the library and my plan
I love to study. Sometimes it baffles me when children in this house do not share my desire to pour over books and take notes. I love it. This is what I do. It’s what I have done my whole life.
When JD, at 2 years old, would wake up in the morning, pull up a kitchen bar stool, and say, “Let’s study shapes, Mom!!” my heart would swell with pride. This is my boy.
When Joshua memorized all the species of whales at 3 years old, and checked out every single library book on badgers at 5, I knew that this apple was not falling far from the tree. (These days he memorizes sports statistics instead.)
By the end of my own kindergarten year, the library was my favorite place. It’s sad that all these years later we are banned from the library.
I know what you’re thinking. You are thinking it’s my kids’ fault, or my fault for not controlling my boys. But that wasn’t it at all. My boys love to go to the library, and while they are sometimes a little rambunctious, they have never actually caused any problems there.
It was me. I’m the reason.
In 2015, I paid $250 in library late fees, which included some fees left over from 2014.
In 2016, I paid ~$80 in library late fees, because I was trying harder and being more careful.
In Monterey, I could keep it under the radar. The librarians there were cool with us. Who doesn’t want the lady who donates $250 to the library?
But here in the South, I made the mistake, hefty mistake, of signing up for text alerts for when my books were due. I think the texts also went to the email account that I share with Alan, the same Alan who is very sensible with his money, maybe a little more sensible and organized than his wife…
Alan soon realized that I don’t bat an eye at returning a book a week overdue and continuing to use my library account.
I figure if the library lets me, I’ll just put it off until later, and they do always let me carry a balance. The library here is kind of far away, and I have trouble remembering where it is exactly and how to get there….
Poor Alan. The stress was too much. He was all calling the library to make sure we’d returned them all, going by there and paying all the late fees, and then he said it. He did.
“Can you please stop checking books out from the library?”
At least I think he said it. If he didn’t say it out loud, he was surely thinking it.
So I said it: “Okay. I know. I was wrong. I’m sorry. We will never check books out from the library again.”
I can be dramatic like that.
Alan was all, “Phew!!! Yes, I mean yes, obviously, you should not.”
And that was how we got banned from the library, and how I started shopping more at Book Fairs, Scholastic store online, and Amazon, so I’m not altogether sure we’re saving any money, but we do get to keep the books now…..which is actually sort of a storage problem.
And that is why the library is part of my New Year’s Resolution for 2017.
Yes, I’m aware that I didn’t actually make any New Year’s resolutions back in January, but I’m making one now. Right here, in the month of April, or as you might say MY MONTH.
I am getting my organizational act together!
I have actually been writing in and checking that planner that I bought. This is a BIG DEAL for me.
Every 2 to 3 years, we get completely uprooted, and I have to basically start life all over again, so maybe that helps you understand why I do not have the deeply engrained schedules that you may have. For a military wife, life changes drastically constantly. In 1 more year, we will probably move yet again.
Sometimes I’m guilty of feeling like why bother.
But you know what? I’ve got a lot of kids’ schedules to figure out now, and the older they get the more activities they have, and I’m going to have to get used to writing all this stuff down.
So here’s my plan to lift the library ban.
- Look at my planner every single day. I’m going to do that as soon as I finish this article.
- Take my planner with me, and write down each upcoming responsibility down on the calendar so I won’t forget.
- Check out 1 library book, write down the due date in the planner, and see if I can get it back to the library on time.
- If that works, I’m going to check out 2 books the next time!!!
So what about you guys? Have any of you ever paid $200 in library fees? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve also lost books and had to buy the library new ones. I didn’t feel like this made me a bad customer. I felt like it just made me a frequent flyer, and these things were inevitable. Right? I say yes.
Have a FUN weekend, y’all. Life’s too short to not.
“Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. ” Ecclesiastes 5:7
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Psalm 20: 4-5