[library-media] book fines

PAMELA FOSTER pamela.foster at jordan.k12.ut.us
Fri Jan 29 10:05:40 MST 2010

The only thing different I do that hasn't been mentioned is discount the replacement price depending on the purchase date and whether the book is fiction or dewey.
-pamelaPamela K. Foster
Oquirrh Hills MS, Riverton
Jordan School District, Utah
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From: "Heather Tomlinson" <htomlinson at mountainvilleacademy.org>
Sent 1/28/2010 3:32:48 PM
To: smfuller at weber.k12.ut.us, "'Bea Carlson'" <bcarlson at dsdmail.net>, library-media at lists.uen.org
Subject: Re: [library-media] book fines
I do the same – don’t charge a
fine unless the book is intentionally or irreparably damaged.  Pages falling out but still there, natural
wear and tear, etc:  no fine.  I have asked students to tape ripped
pages for me.  (I just use regular clear tape on paperbacks and well-used
books.  If it’s a newer/nicer book, I’ll pull out the ‘good
stuff’ and have the student hold the page in place while I do the actual
taping)A book was dropped in a puddle and
warped.  It was just a golden book (about $4) so I only charged a $1.50
fine.    A hardcover book had the spine chewed by a puppy –
still readable, so I charged $5 and taped over the bite marks.  No policy written in stone:  I just
look at the book, and charge a couple dollars if I think I should.Hope that helps!Heather TomlinsonCertified LibrarianMountainvilleAcademyFrom:
library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org
[mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On
Behalf Of Stanton FullerSent: Thursday, January 28, 2010
1:04 PMTo: Bea Carlson;
library-media at lists.uen.orgSubject: Re: [library-media] book
finesIf I can fix the
thing I usually don't worry about it too much. I don't want my kids to feel
like they can't use the books. Wear and tear happens.  If the book is
totally shot then it's full price. Only takes one page torn out to make a book
useless.  No real policy
written in stone or anything.Stan Fuller
Library Media Teacher
Wahlquist Junior High
>>> "Bea Carlson" <bcarlson at dsdmail.net> 1/28/2010
12:52 PM >>>School
librarians;  How do you
assess fines for damaged books?  Is it so much for torn pages?  (so
much per page?( Another amount for water damage? (on the whole book, on a few
pages?) Sometimes it
seems that assessing fines is so arbitrary, what do you do?Thanks for your
input.BeaBea Carlson
Library Media Teacher
bcarlson at dsdmail.net
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