SPL that’s the Surrey Public Library to you.

I LOVE the library and the library LOVES me.

I guess our love stems from my donations.  I like to use the term Donation instead of FINES. Currently I am donating about $14.90 over at my Cloverdale branch. My donation books were some brilliant books worth every penny, what I got to read of them.  The guilt of the next person waiting for them and the mounting donations had me return them in a shorter time than I wanted. You know, time enough to read them. My problem is not that I am a slow reader, more like I don’t like the pressure of only having  2 weeks to complete a very big & very in-demand book. GAH! Also, my holds usually come in within the same week or within days of each other.

Even the kids are not safe from my over donating.  Currently Jacks owes $1.40 for Joseph had a little overcoat. Great book. It just got filed in with his other books and it took me realizing that J had taken out that book the same time as I had taken out my extremely overdue books. GRRR!

The Slap $3.60. An interesting book about a parent who slaps a child, in front of everyone, who is not his own at a neighbourhood BBQ.

The Bishop’s Man $5.70. This book is about a pretty sensitive topic, the sexual abuses of children under the care of Catholic priests.  I had a hard time with this book at first, as I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it. When I was, I had to return it.

Home by Marilynne Robinson was a compelling book, that I hope to finish one day. I actually might just go out and buy this one. Heh. I am halfway to buying it at a whopping $4.20 donation.

The book that I am actually reading and NOT getting donations for is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. That is because my mom loaned it to me and not the library. Can’t wait to read the next one in the trilogy.

Update: I went in today and paid up ALL the donations owed. I am hoping to learn my lesson REALLY soon. Heh.


  1. Ha, ha ha. I’m waiting for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from my mom. I also currently have an outstanding donation of about $6 for a very in demand 700+ page book that took me longer than my alloted two weeks to read. Fortunately for me, since I am bad and never visit the library I haven’t been hit up for my donation yet and probably won’t for some time. Since you’re a frequent donator, do they charge interest? Should I just buck up and head down to visit our friends in Cloverdale and pay my blood money?

    Oh, and I felt so guilty about my late book, that I couldn’t even face them to drop it off, I just put it in the book drop!

    • Naomi Jesson says:

      Buck up quickly! I don’t think they call it interest but the longer you have the more you pay sister! My one book went to Montreal and back with me. I never cracked it there! Hahaha!

  2. Ours are usually damaged, which is way more embarassing than overdue. Why yes, we do feed our dog occasionally, but he just finds board books….DELISH! And then I don’t want to throw them out, so we have a ton of ghetto SPL-rejected (you know, the big black marker) half-eaten board books. And don’t forget that $8 processing fee! But the SPL Cloverdale ladies are soooooo nice!! Try Newton…they do not mess around.

  3. I feel your pain!! Where do those library books go?


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