Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day 144: Left Pennies for Library Late Fees

Reading is super important to my wife.  She loves to read everything from parenting books to cookbooks to (gag) The Twilight Series.  As a teacher, she sees everyday the impact that consistent reading has on the education of students, so she is making it a point to pass on her love of reading to our daughter.  (Quick aside: I, on the other hand, only read blogs, news websites, my Twitter feed, and the guide on my DirecTV.  The last 2 books I read were the autobiography of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and one of R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps."  I need to change this.)  My wife is one of only a few people that I know who has a public library card, and although I joke with her about this fact, she loves it.  She utilizes the library card for books for her classroom as well as books for her own personal use.  Last time that I went to pick up books for her, I found out that she had a late fee.  I didn't have any cash or change on me, and I wouldn't have been able to pick them up if it wasn't for a stranger giving me the 15 cents for the late fee.  This inspired me for one of my random acts.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I am bringing a jar of pennies that weren't used for my wish making random act and placing it at the checkout of the library for people to use for late fees.  I don't want a few pennies to keep someone from the joy of reading, so I will do my part to make sure they don't

7 comments:

  1. Nice, as a fellow reader and library card holder, that is a great idea!

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  2. Just stumbled across your blog. I commend all you've done and have yet to do. I'll be catching up from time to time (lurking). Thank you for brightening my day and the many days of others. :)

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  3. I think what you did is a wonderful idea! I love to read also. I have a library card too. The library is the one place people of all ages can use and it's free unless you accidently forget to return something. Then of course you have a late fee. I love to see kids read. I would rather encourage a child to read than to play video games all the time. You can learn so much by reading a book no matter what your age is.

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  4. Our library would let you borrow books without paying a small late fee. Most libraries let books go out if you only owe a few dollars. Nevertheless, ALL libraries are in need of help. So thank you very much.

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  5. I volunteer at our local library and know how much things like this mean to both the patrons and the staff. Thank you.

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  6. SUCH an Amazing Idea, I think I'll join you!!

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  7. I am a regular at the edinburgh central library in Scotland and sometimes I don't always have change for late fees so I personally think this is a great idea.

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