Due Dates

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite things, since I got my very first library card as a kid, about library books has been the Gaylord, printed in the U.S.A. due date list ubiquitously inserted on the back of the final page of a library book. It makes reading a book from the library kind of like listening to the radio; it makes it a shared thing, a collective experience. You read it and wonder what March 18, 1996 thought about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or if September 1, 2000 really made it all the through Moby Dick. Did January 9, 1998 have to pay a fine on Plato’s Dialogues like I did?

Great Expectations has been checked out from the Oregon Institute of Technology Library in Klamath Falls, Oregon, exactly four times: 1989, 1994, 2002, and, most recently, 2012. It surprises me in a way, that it’s been checked out so little. I get the impression there are a lot of Pips here.

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