Irresponsible Reader posts a weekly feature, Saturday Miscellany, which I enjoy. This week, he included a link to an article on the proper treatment of books. I wanted to save the reference, and I've noticed a couple or three posts lately which were lamenting the condition of borrowed books when they are returned. Besides, I could identify with the author's opening story:
"When I was in third grade, my teacher instituted a Mini Economy in our classroom, and I started a library, planning to exploit my enormous collection of Misty of Chincoteague and American Girl books.
When the first due date arrived, I realized my mistake: One of my favorite books had been returned in shreds, a huge split down the middle of the spine dividing the first half of the pages from the second. It was held together by mere threads.
I don’t recall who left my book in such tatters, but I do know one thing: A fierce protective instinct awoke in me that day. In the nearly two decades since, I’ve acquired stacks on stacks of books, but I rarely lend them out. The more I love them, the more I resist lending them."
My problem with lending books isn't so much getting them back damaged as never getting them back at all.
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