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       I just had to add one more story to this thread.
       I know all of us have had the problem with kids who 
"never checked that out" and I have had more than my share 
of parents who thought that I was irresponsible and thus 
it was all my fault. I have also had a few times when an 
aide (or myself) did accidently just not get something 
checked in and sure enough, there it was on the shelf so I 
have had to apologize myself a few times.
        However, I always remember the one mother who 
actually came to my house to yell at me about the fact 
that her "daughter pays to go to this school and just 
because she has an overdue book that doesn't mean she 
can't check out other books". My roommate was smart enough 
to get our principal on the phone immediately and she 
could hear the mother screaming from the yard so we 
basically had several witnesses to what indeed was 
         The principal was totally backing me up in this 
issue, mainly because the mother had come to my home and 
the family was brought in to the office. When they 
arrived, they had the book plus flowers and chocolates for 
the librarian whom they had "misjudged".
          Sometimes people make mistakes, but sometimes 
they also realize this fact and THAT is why I am still 
working in a school library after almost 20 years. Oh 
yeah--that and the fact that I love it when kids come back 
with a book and say "Can I have another one?"

currently reading "Chromosone 6" by Robin Cook and 
counting the 8 1/2 more days of school.

Carol Van Brocklin
Faith Academy-Mindanao
Davao City, Philippines

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