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Lil Community: What Would You Do About a Lost Library Book?

Motherhood can be a mind-boggler. Wiggle is faced with a moral dilemma and asked our community for help.

My darling 7-year-old loves going to the library. So do I, but on our last visit we ran into trouble. She couldn't check out her book selections because she (and by that I mean we, or really I) hadn't returned a book checked out months ago. "It must be lost," the librarian said. "It'll by $26 to replace." I was sure if we looked hard enough we could find it, so she gave us a three-week grace period. We have torn our house apart looking to no avail. The book has disappeared in the ether.

I want my daughter to learn to respect the library and its books. So my first thought was to have her use her piggy bank money, but I don't want to bankrupt her. Her plan was we split the bill and that she paid $6. What would you do?

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sarahinparis sarahinparis 5 years
You might also ask if you can bring in a new copy of the book. Sometimes libraries have a general book replacement policy where ALL lost books are charged the same fee, no matter how much it cost to replace the item. This means that books that costs MORE than the $26 would still only be charged the $26. Ask your librarian if its possible for you to bring in a new copy of the item. Librarians are generally very understanding (and happy you're using the library!), so it doesn't hurt to ask.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I like the idea of making her pay part of it.
lickety-split lickety-split 5 years
$26???? Jeez, what kind of book was that? I think I'd just pay it and tell her that next time it was on her.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I'd pay for it, but have my child do chores around the house to "pay" me back.
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