Dear Betty White, You are my library hero. Love, Amanda

22 May

We have officially put out “The Sign.”

There are 51 students with fines over $2. There is one student with a fine over $32! And that is for a book that is worth $5! But these 51 little darlings will no longer be allowed to take books out unless they have paid off their fines.

It seems tough, but I like to think of it as tough love. Who knows, maybe without this intervention, this lack of discipline with bringing back library books and paying off fines would lead to late payment on tuition during postsecondary education, forcing them to have delayed registration for courses, causing them to miss out on classes that they need to graduate, having them drop out of college because they no longer feel passionate about becoming economists, getting kicked out of their rented apartment because they forgot to pay the utility bills and were late with rent each month, and finally living in their parents’ basement thinking back to how it first started…back in high school… where if they had only returned that library book and promptly paid off the fines, none of this would have happened.

See, it’s serious stuff.

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2 Responses to “Dear Betty White, You are my library hero. Love, Amanda”

  1. Jaime May 22, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    The video is amazing, Betty White is amazing and your thoughts are very true. In our society, children are learning that they aren’t responsible for anything. I’ve seen it working in the fast food industry before becoming a teacher. Teenagers think they can just not show up for work when they feel like because no one has held them accountable. It’s awful

    • freshlymintedlibrarian May 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

      We had exit interviews with the students last week and some of them are incredibly amazing – even though they’re in that overwhelming, hormone-laden teenage phase! I think that sometimes the little details of life (like library books) get pushed to the back burner but those are the things that can add up into a big pain in the neck if you’re not careful. I think that accountability is so tightly linked to internal motivation that one can’t really be developed without the other. Without internal motivation to do the right thing and be accountable, people don’t really develop long lasting accountability.

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