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"Poverty by library fines seems self-induced."
Well, yes and no. Poverty limits. It can make it harder to get back to a library to return items, either because of difficulty in getting around or because of crises that crop up more frequently. If one has to choose between spending all day figuring out how to feed oneself and/or one's children or how to keep the lights or heat turned on, etc, etc, or returning library materials, what would a reasonable person choose? And the situation for children, who are even more at the mercy of circumstance, can be even harder. As a child, I felt lucky when I could get to a library and often didn't know when I would be back. And sometimes my parents had to move suddenly. I once returned a book 3 years late because of just such a move. Others were of course lost. Most of the time, thankfully, library staff were sympathetic and waived or reduced charges. But library staff often have a hard time balancing their main mission of providing access to materials with another important mission - of preserving those materials. Being mindful of people's circumstances is important in balancing the two.
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