A few weeks ago, I found this library book in Luke's room -
No, we don't have a dog. Charlie did this. Unfortunately, he has a history of destroying books. This, however, was probably the worst damage he's ever done to a book. No amount of scotch tape could fix this book, so I took it back to the library, assuming I would just pay the price indicated on the back cover - $14.95.
Uh, no. In my dreams would it be $14.95.
It was $24.00 to replace this book.
Get this. They actually have a fee schedule unrelated to the actual price of the book. The most expensive book to replace is an adult non-fiction at $41.00!
So, let's pretend that you check out 8 children's books during a library visit. If your child was to destroy all of those books (which is very likely in my house right now), you would owe at least $192.00. I can't believe how careless I have treated library books in the past. If I only knew how expensive they were to replace, I would not even let Charlie look at them, let alone put them in his crib like Erik did last night. Eeek! It's like letting the kid play with blocks of gold.
Way to go, Mr. Destructo.