Great post kathymuggle!
My dd is only two and half, but we are a huge library family here already. We drag the wheeled shopping cart full of books to the library a couple of times a week and refill it.
I was a library brat when I was a kid, and had to pay for my fines too. My mom stopped buying me books when I was eight and read all five of the chapter books she'd bought (to last our whole vacation) on the cross-country flight at the beginning of our holidays. We didn't have a lot of money, so we couldn't afford new books, especially if I was going to gobble them up at that pace.
We have one designated basket for library books, so they don't get placed in with our own books on our bookshelves. The only other place they end up is on the bedside table. But we have a pretty small, minimalist household so lost things rarely occur, and when they do, it's usually because we've taken it out of the house and left it somewhere .... including library books. We pay to replace three or four kids books a year, but that's not so bad when you think we take out 20-30 books a week, plus 3 or 4 for me.
We probably pay about $60 a year in overdue fines JUST FOR ME, because our library does not charge overdue fines on books taken out on children's cards. I wonder if you're interested in proposing this to your library board, along with your experience with dd preferring not to go at all rather than use her allowance to pay for overdue fines?
We do have on-line renewing as well, and could use that if they charged on children's books.
I would still use the library, even if dd had to pay fines on her overdue books. It supports our local library, and helps keeps the book population to a dull roar at our house. I love having 'new' books all the time. I remember when I was a child (about 6-8yrs old) I went through a phase of paying a lot of fines. I got better as I got older! (Unless you think $60 a year is still bad!) It was awesome when we lived in a town that had NO fines. They found that when they changed over to NO fines whatsoever, that the number of people using the library skyrocketed and the number of books that were late or lost forever didn't get worse, but got better! I wish more libraries could do that.
Originally Posted by kathymuggle
Most books are not lost forever. Renew a few times while you find them.
Let your DD know that if she finds the book most of her money will be returned.
Another idea is to set aside perhaps 1$ per week for library issues - it is not much money, but it will cover most issues.
Some items (DVDs!) have higher fees than others. Some people limit or avoid them
Many libraries have fine amnesty months - my branch offers Food For Fines in December - bring in a canned good, they will waive fines. Others waive fines during library month (October). Check and see.
Play around with spots to store library books in the house - we have them on the piano atm and that is working.
I wouldn't let fines come between me and borrowing books if at all possible.