Friday, March 21, 2014

Prison Library Irony

Today while double checking the patrons' books, we discovered that someone had stolen twelve pages out of the book Choose to do Right: a Proven Path to Criminal Rehabilitation.  This could be interpreted one of two ways:
1. This book is so full of amazing information that the patron simply HAD to keep the pages so they wouldn't forget what they learned.
2. This book does not work, because the patron reading it chose to destroy state property and steal the pages and not consider how it would affect anyone else.
Personally, I hope it is option number one. I used to take library theft really personally and it would make me very angry, but now my thoughts trend towards "Well, at least if it is stolen it is being read somewhere" which is much better than having something sit on the shelf not circulating.

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