>Librarian Kristin Peto of Maine sent me the story about the woman, JoAnn Karkos, who checked out two copies of It’s Perfectly Normal (a 1995 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor awardee, so you know where we stand) from Maine libraries and is declining to return them, sending checks for $20.95 (I’m guessing the price on the jacket) to the libraries instead.
This instance of civil disobedience doesn’t seem to have been all that well thought out. Both libraries involved have already ordered replacement copies (one bought two, citing the demand engendered by the theft), so access to the book has been at most temporarily impeded. Neither library will accept her check (which would make them parties to the crime), so some other books will now go unbought at the same time It’s Perfectly Normal sells three more copies.
Here’s the most eccentric detail: the woman who says It’s Perfectly Normal is “a predator’s dream” now has two copies. Mind your children . . . .