Currently we have 209 library books in our house. This is unusual, and a result of our reading week, but we often have over 100.
Can you imagine what would happen if we returned them late? At fines from 25 to 50 cents, the bill could be astronomical.
That’s why, a few years ago, we designated Tuesday as book return day. On that day, we renew or return all books due within the next week. Although we’ll go to the library more often, and return books more often, Tuesday is the day that keeps it all under control.
When we return books, we mark them off on our computer slip and I keep the slip. We count the books crossed off and compare that number with the number of books in our library bags; occasionally they don’t agree and I have to check all 60 or whatever again. Needless to say, I do not welcome assistants who could confuse the piles of books.
The final trick is to calculate how many books we should have on our card after our returns have been processed and to verify that number after the librarian has checked the books in. We’ve found many computer errors this way and saved ourselves untold hassles and huge amounts of money by being right there to help the librarian find the ‘missing’ book in the piles she’s just sent through the computer.
For simplicity, our family only uses one library card, most of the time. I check my husband’s card for returns and renewals on Tuesdays as well, although he often just uses mine like the kids do.