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I don't insist my teachers pay for lost of damaged books either.  We're a
Title 1 school and we do everything we can to encourage our kids to read.
Most of my teachers check out a 100 books at a clip for classroom libraries.
Inevitably a couple come up missing at the end of the year - usually due to
sticky fingered students.  I can't see penalizing the teachers because some
of our students have fuzzy boundaries.

My teachers, like teachers everywhere do most of their planning at home so of
course they need to take books home.  Accidents happen.

Many of our students can't afford to pay for books that they loose or damage.
  They pay me in multiplication tables.  They learn them to their teacher's
satisfaction, I forgive the book.  Everybody wins.

I took over a library where the librarian was notorious for chasing teachers
down to the ends of the earth and demanding they return every last base ten
block and book.
I spent my first year convincing everyone that library was supposed to
circulate books not horde them.

Guusje Moore
Librarian, Housman Elementary School
Houston, TX

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