Fines at the New Orleans Public Library

This is my husband's story, not mine, but I have to tell it here. He gave me permission.

Steve has been buying books to read over the last few years. However, the other day he found something that he wanted to read at the public library down the street from our house. He went to check it out and was told that he had an outstanding fine of $20.00. He asked the title of the book. He thought about it a minute, then asked when he checked out the book. He checked it out in August of 2005 and returned it in April of 2006.

In August 2005, Katrina hit the area, and the libraries did not open for a very long time after the event. He returned the book as soon as a library was open. He mentioned it to the librarian that it was impossible for him to have returned that particular book in a timely manner. The librarian very kindly took the fine off of his record.

I thought that there would be no new Katrina stories. I was wrong.


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