Category Archives: Libraries & Librarians

People Like “Renting” CDs, DVDs from the Library

There is a forum I monitor from on freebies (’cause who doesn’t like free stuff?). Mostly posts are about free deals at restaurants and other promotional giveaways, but today there was a post from someone recommending Free Rental DVDS from library.
Following the initial post were three pages of comments from people who overwhelmingly loved “renting” movies, music CDs, books on CD, etc. for free (or a minimal charge) from their public libraries. As a librarian, I found this encouraging. And since libraries are always seeking feedback on what patrons thinks about our services, I thought that other librarians might find these comments useful also.

Library Patron “Borrows” Way into Prison

From the Baltimore Sun (free registration required):

If you’re two weeks late in returning a book to the Baltimore County library, you’re likely to get a phone call. If your book is four weeks overdue, you’ll receive a notice in the mail.
And if you’re Philip Akbar Shabazz, you’re sent a letter that begins: “You currently have 402 items overdue from the Baltimore County Public Library. Fees and charges for these items amount to over $8,400.”
Library officials say they suspect that the books were sold. Yesterday, Shabazz, a Randallstown resident, went to court to face a felony theft charge. He was convicted and sentenced to three years behind bars.

Thanks to librarians Nancy and Sara Paul for the tip.