Library News Ophelia Bedelia Librarian ODeary Library

Published on July 7th, 2012 | by Jill


A Message to Readers: Overdue Books

We’re having some problems with overdue books.

O’Deary is the only library I’ve ever worked at that doesn’t charge a late fee for overdue books.  Mrs. O’Deary is quite adamant about this policy.  She doesn’t want to fine you for taking your time and reading a book at your own pace.  And she certainly doesn’t want your money.

I can understand that.  Mrs. O’Deary is a wealthy woman who wants you to love her books as much as she does.  But I think some of you are taking advantage of her generosity.

Some popular titles are out for a very long time when there are other readers who are anxious to read them. Do you know how long I’ve been waiting for Mockingjay?!  Two years!  Don’t try to tell me you’re reading it slowly.  You’re lending it to all your friends and it’s not fair.  I’m the librarian.  It’s part of my job to read popular books, plus I need to know what happens to Katniss.  (Gale or Peeta?  Don’t tell me!)

And Mockingjay isn’t the only overdue book.  I still haven’t read Deathly Hallows!  Do you know what that’s like?  I have to keep my ears permanently blocked so I don’t accidentally overhear a spoiler.  And I’m a woman whose nose is already permanently blocked.

The Fault in Our Stars!  It’s not taking you five months to read.  Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, Golden Lily, Anya’s Ghost, Dead End in Norvelt.  Other people want to read these books.  Return them now please.  You know who you are.  And I know who you are too because I’m the librarian.

One of the things about being the librarian is that I’m the one who takes delivery when new books arrive at O’Deary.  I can decide when to put them out on the shelves.  I know a lot of you are looking forward to the next Heroes of Olympus and the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone but maybe you’ll have to wait a little longer than expected if certain books don’t turn up back at the library.  That could happen.

So in conclusion, please bring your books back on time so everyone has a chance to read them.

If you are one of those people who already does returns their books on time, thank you and please ignore the above.


About the Author

's favourite books include The Sound and the Fury, every one of the Harry Potter books, The Fault in Our Stars, The Princess Bride, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and A Little Princess. She wrote her first book -- Chestnut Squirrel Stories -- in fourth grade and has gone on to publish a number of books. She also writes for television and the web.

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