Monday, October 4, 2010

Library Etiquette ?

For a while now I have been searching the public library's catalog waiting for the book Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt to be available. Last weekend, one copy was available, yet it was a large print copy. I saw nothing wrong with checking out the large print copy, besides I am practically blind at night without my contacts in anyway! Well, Marty was appalled that I would "steal" that book away from the elderly that were probably waiting to read that one copy in the large print section. This brings up my question...What is library etiquette regarding large print copies? Do you leave them to the elderly? Is it polite to pass by the one copy of the book you have been searching for because it is large print and your eyes can read regular print? Hmm. Still thinking about this one!

Well, I finished Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt in a week, and as a working girl this is a big task. I couldn't put this book down. I could smell the magnolia blossoms and taste the sweet tea as the author painted such a vivid picture of Savannah. If you can find it in your local public library, it is a quick read that is worth the time.


5 comments:

Lyns said...

I don't think it is the same as leaving the handicap stall for a handicapped person/or person with stroller or small child (now I believe I need that big stall sometimes too). I think it is the library, there won't be an emergency when an elderly person needs the book. First come first serve at the library. I always accidently request the large print online and don't realize it and then go in and am frustrated I have to carry that huge book around when I didn't need to, but I say read the large print if you want.

Beth Hoffman said...

Hi Meredith. I'm delighted that you enjoyed reading my novel; I loved writing it! Thanks so much for the kind words.

Hannah K said...

This might make me a non-elderly-friendly librarian, but I always encourage people to check out the large print versions of books in situations like yours. There's no guarantee that an elderly person is going to look for the same book in the next week or so, and there are waiting lists. Plus the helpful librarians can help them find something else to keep them busy while they wait for a beautiful book about Savannah. I'll have to add that to my list.

Marty Cates said...

Does anyone else see that the author of the book commented on Meredith's post. She didn't answer the moral/ethical question that was posed, but this is awesome that she posted on the blog.

Priscilla said...

I really liked this book too! Good question about the large type Mere...There aren't any signs posted saying not to check them out unless you are legally impaired...so maybe that makes it legally ok! But seriously, you are a Shelton and we are all nearly legally impaired!! Visually that is!