I’ve had a lot of blogs over the years. Some are still around. Some are irretrievably lost. So I don’t really feel like making a fresh, HELLO, WORLD post, as if this is the first time I’ve decided to pour my heart out into the void. I’m just going to jump right in with both feet. Stick around. I plan to write about writing, poetry, the books I’m reading, contests, calls for submissions, and anything else bookish.
Speaking of books, you know those wonderful places we can get books for free? Well I haven’t been able to use the Monroe County Library for about 10 years. Ten years ago, I had piled up a massive amount of fines. Over $300 worth. I had taken so long to return the books that they were charging me the replacement value. I eventually found the books and returned them, but the fines were still there. It was too late to reverse them, since they’d already had to replace the books.
I read that library debt never gets sold to collections agencies. They just keep it on file forever.
Many of you know that this past December, my husband and I bought our first house. There is a small library not a block from our house. I wondered. The debt had long since fallen off of my credit report, but that doesn’t mean it was gone. I decided to take a chance. I have a new name and a new address, but when I stopped by the Hamlin library, I didn’t pretend that I’d never had an account. If the debt was still there, I would pay, even if I had to pay $20 at a time. I told them I had an account ten years ago. They checked under my old name. My old address. They couldn’t find anything. “We’ll just have to start you a new account,” said the clerk.
And so, with a clean slate, and a new library card, I went off to the stacks. The tiny little stacks that make up the Hamlin library. 😀
(If you’re curious, the books I got are: The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin; Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink; and The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.)