In a refreshing change of pace, a library in California has waived the fee for a lost book rather than fine or arrest the patron. Oh, and the patron in question is a now-famous pilot:
Hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is now every librarian’s hero, too.
When the US Airways pilot’s plane ended up at the bottom of the Hudson River on Jan. 15, so did a book he had checked out from the library at California State University, Fresno, through his local library near Danville.
Sullenberger contacted library officials and asked for an extension and waiver of overdue fees because the book was in the airliner’s cargo hold.
Fresno State library officials said they were struck by Sullenberger’s sense of responsibility and did him one better: they’re waiving all fees, even lost book fees, and placing a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him.
The book’s subject? Professional ethics.
Copyright Associated Press
Great job, Fresno State!