Reported in The Guardian on Thursday 9 February, 2006:
A public library book issued in 1945 has amassed an overdue fine of NZ $9,000 ie [£3,500 GBP; $ 6,101USD]
'The Punch Library of
book was borrowed from the library in Rotorua, 288 miles north of the capital, Wellington, 61 years ago, but was recently found among family belongings in Marie Sushames's
attic. Ms Sushames was
presented with the fine on her 85th birthday, Rotorua's
Daily Post newspaper reported yesterday. The library's
manager, Jane Gilbert, said she would be delighted to waive the charges in return for the privilege
of displaying a book which had been 'out for 61 years'.
Whenever you are looking for an important book it's always out of stock.
However, if you you are looking for an indispensable book, then it's out of print.
The thinnest books have the longest catalogue numbers.
In any library, there is only one person who knows where all the books
are. Find them before their boss fires them.
In any library, the helpfulness of any member of staff is inversely
proportional to the number of pens in that person's pocket.
The student with the most overdue books fails their course. [One
professor we know comes into the college library at the end of every
academic year, and asks for the list of students with overdue books.
We cannot help noticing that the list corresponds precisely to the end of
term grades. The student with the most overdue books failed their course.]
Book and Library Quotes
A good book is the best of friends. English Proverb
Choose an author as you would a friend. Wentworth Dillon
Your library is your portrait. Holbrook Jackson
No furniture so charming as books. Sydney Smith
'Classic': A book which people praise but don't read. Mark
Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. Edwin
In reading, as in eating, an appetite is half the feast. Anonymous
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