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(Reuters)   Chicago Public Library's amnesty day prompts the return of their 78 year overdue copy of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'. Still no word on Tropic of Cancer   (reuters.com) divider line 25
    More: Followup, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Oscar Wilde  
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2012-09-02 07:17:12 AM  
(Reuters) - A Chicago-area woman wanted to return an overdue copy of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" to the Chicago Public Library, but first she wanted to be sure she wouldn't go to jail...That's because the book, a rare limited edition of the Oscar Wilde novel, was checked out in 1934.

What the book and Ms. Vision may look like:

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2012-09-02 07:30:34 AM  
Yeah, I know what you're thinking... Why's this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me.... Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world. What about that kid, sitting down, opening a book right now in a branch of the local library and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat and The Five Chinese Brothers. Doesn't he deserve better? Look, if you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped. Or maybe that turns you on... Maybe that's how you get your kicks... You and your goodtime buddies... I've got a flash for you, joy boy. Partytime is over.
 
2012-09-02 09:06:02 AM  
Always gets his man

libraryteacher.weebly.com

/should have gotten an Emmy for that
 
2012-09-02 09:22:51 AM  
I think Mr Rumbold has it.
 
2012-09-02 09:35:12 AM  
I bet it was in the exact same condition it was in when it was loaned out
 
2012-09-02 10:02:56 AM  
The person who turned in the book was described as very young, but the book was getting older and older...
 
2012-09-02 11:47:42 AM  

jake_lex: Yeah, I know what you're thinking... Why's this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me.... Maybe. Sure, we're too old to change the world. What about that kid, sitting down, opening a book right now in a branch of the local library and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat and The Five Chinese Brothers. Doesn't he deserve better? Look, if you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you'd better think again. This is about that kid's right to read a book without getting his mind warped. Or maybe that turns you on... Maybe that's how you get your kicks... You and your goodtime buddies... I've got a flash for you, joy boy. Partytime is over.


I love how even Seinfeld couldn't keep a straight face during that.
 
2012-09-02 12:19:34 PM  
Still no word on the Tropic of Cancer

That's because I'd expect Tropic of Cancer to be returned to a New York Public Library, subby

/No one's getting an easy laugh from me today
 
2012-09-02 12:32:09 PM  
50 shades of christian gray

next on the list
 
2012-09-02 12:32:51 PM  
"I don't judge a man by the length of his hair or the kind of music he listens to. Rock was never my bag. But you put on a pair of shoes when you walk into the New York Public Library, fella."
 
2012-09-02 01:20:49 PM  
Came for the Bookman reference, leaving happy.

/joy-boy
 
2012-09-02 01:50:26 PM  
Still no word on cure for the Tropic of Cancer

So close.
 
2012-09-02 01:52:57 PM  
Can't Staaaaaaaand Ya!
 
2012-09-02 03:22:47 PM  
www.freethought-forum.com

/ oblig
 
2012-09-02 04:41:31 PM  
I'm watching "Silence in the Library" so kickreply.

/spoilers
 
2012-09-02 06:12:51 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com 

/The goddamn Bookman?
 
2012-09-02 08:13:04 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

Look at her. This is a lonely woman looking for companionship.. ... Spinster. ... Maybe a virgin. ... Maybe she got hurt a long time ago. She was a schoolgirl. There was a boy It didn't work out. Now she needs a little tenderness. She needs a little understanding.

She needs a little Kramer.
 
2012-09-02 08:51:35 PM  

Paris1127: The person who turned in the book was described as very young, but the book was getting older and older...


A wonderful post that has not been shown the love it deserves.
 
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2012-09-02 10:06:02 PM  

You're the jerk... jerk: Paris1127: The person who turned in the book was described as very young, but the book was getting older and older...

A wonderful post that has not been shown the love it deserves.


Yup. +1.
 
2012-09-02 10:19:00 PM  

DrPainMD: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 200x150]

Look at her. This is a lonely woman looking for companionship.. ... Spinster. ... Maybe a virgin. ... Maybe she got hurt a long time ago. She was a schoolgirl. There was a boy It didn't work out. Now she needs a little tenderness. She needs a little understanding.

She needs a little Kramer.


and then she's gonna need a little shot of penicillin
 
2012-09-02 10:20:09 PM  
KRAMER: Bookman? The library investigator's name is actually, Bookman? That's amazing. That's like an ice cream man named, Cone.
 
2012-09-02 11:51:36 PM  
yeah, laugh away, fark-faces. it's all fun and games for your type. 'oh, we have our fancy gadgets, who needs libraries' you squeal over your trendy $7.00 flavored coffees. i'll tell you who needs libraries. the little girl down the road who just can't stand knowing her daddy will be coming home drunk again tonight. so she goes and studies at the local library. so she can make something of herself one day. so she doesn't have to settle for getting knocked up in HS and marrying the mental equivalent of Al Bundy like her mother did.

let me tell you wiseasses something else. not everyone is raised in a family that stinks of wealth like yours. some of us were exposed to classic literature and classical music by librarians. librarians who cared. who took the time and noticed what they thought was a glimmer of hope or a sparkle of intelligence. they took the time to show us some of the finer things in life. so maybe we'll never have memories of private schools, argyle sweaters or stick shifts like you. but we will have an appreciation for this wonderful thing called a library. and that's something you'll never take from us.
 
2012-09-03 05:36:32 PM  

rjs983: KRAMER: Bookman? The library investigator's name is actually, Bookman? That's amazing. That's like an ice cream man named, Cone.


Sometimes these names happen for real. I worked with a woman whose job was leasing airplanes -- and whose name was ... wait for it ... Lisa Plane. No lie.
 
2012-09-04 03:50:14 AM  
Well, I guess Miss DeGroot can finally retire now.

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2012-09-04 02:41:01 PM  
Can't-stand-ya!
Well, what do women do? We just ostracise her until she develops an eating disorder and dies.
 
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