Posted by: HouPE | 08/06/2012

It Was More than a 3 Hour Tour

Earlier this summer a library patron came in to pay for some books on CD that he would not be able to return. Any request to pay for books on CD always perks up our library ears. Books on CD are expensive! So we always try to maximize the amount of time a patron has to find all of the discs. This causes us to ask some questions to see if there’s a way that we can be of further assistance. We were just curious as to how he was so certain he’d never see any of these CDs again.

“Because they are in the bottom of a lake,” he says. Please tell me more!

This patron is a shipwreck enthusiast. He was on a boat that sank in a lake in Michigan. Unfortunately the CDs were in his luggage in the boat when it sank. This was how he knew within a shadow of a doubt that he would not be able to return the CDs to the library. The CDs were truly at the bottom of a lake…how unfortunate!

Just the other day, a very nice lady called us to report some found CDs. She was having difficulty reading the barcodes and said that they were obviously damaged. Where was she calling from? You guessed it! Michigan! The CDs were washing ashore in Michigan from the bottom of the lake and this lovely lady came across them while walking along the beach.

Accidents happen! Boats sink, homes catch on fire, and cars are stolen. If you should ever find yourself or your library books on the receiving end of one of these unfortunate events, let us know! There are options available to get your account clear and keep your library privileges current.

All this talk about shipwrecks and items washing ashore has us singing about the Edmund Fitzgerald. Both such unfortunate events. Do you remember the Edmund Fitzgerald shipwreck? Never heard of it and want to know more? Here is the song and video for your stroll down memory lane and listening pleasure.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

And if you’d like more accounts of shipwrecks and sea tales, check out some of our adult nonfiction books, like these at Perry Public Library:

In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex  910 PHI

Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis    940.54 KUR

Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Caroline Coast    910.4 STI

The Perfect Storm: a True Story of Men against the Sea    974.45 JUN

Saved! The Story of the Andrea Doria     910.09 HOF

Shipwrecks   910.4 MAY


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