Our office has a scanner, and we have a library book titled The Causes of the American Civil War (slavery! And nothing else. I did not read the book). Sounds like a winning formula for an SD post to me.
The book, which we found on the stoop of a brownstone in Brooklyn, is three days and 28 years overdue. At 1981 ratesâ€”ten cents per dayâ€”the person who checked it out owes the Library $1022.30Â in fines (and in 2006, that dime went up to 25 cents a day).
According to NYPL’s FAQ website, â€œIf you owe the library fines or fees over $15.00 . . . or have any fines or overdues more than one month old, your borrowing privileges may be suspended.â€
We wonder if whoever (whomever?) checked this volume out in the first Reagan administration wonâ€™t face more serious consequences than a revoked library card.
Unfortunately, the punch cardâ€™s declaration, â€œTHIS CARD WILL BE PROCESSED BY COMPUTER,â€ is misleading.Â I stabbed that little bastard into a DVD drive a bunch of times and all that happened is that my iMac started making whining noises.
Ah, punch cards. We barely knew ye.