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After reading the messages on this thread, I realize I'm not alone.  A student came 
in after receiving her end-of-the-year overdue notice and told me that I had made a 
mistake--she did not check out those books.  After I explained the checkout 
procedures, showing that there could not have been an error, her memory was jogged 
and she indicated that she might have borrowed them.


So many students tell me that they have already returned their materials (and a 
small percentage of them are right) that I feel like I'm giving a memorized speech.


A sixth-grader borrowed a very old book: Robin Hood by Gilbert (I don't recall the 
author's first name) in early March.  She came in and insisted she did not borrow 
this book and would have had no reason to read it.  After the student left, I 
remembered that an old-looking book was needed for the sixth grade play, and this 
lucky girl was the one who checked it out.


Sometimes my volunteer (I only call her that because she's not paid; she's 
invaluable) and I wonder if there is a genetic tendency to not returning library 
materials, as we see so many members of the same families with overdues.


Currently reading Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman.  


Basya Karp, Librarian

Shulamith High School and Shulamith School For Girls

Brooklyn, NY



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