I would love for our family to be big-time library users. But..... I'm having a lot of trouble with overdue books and paying fines. And the fines add up fast! (Enough that I could buy a few books with what I have paid this year so far, and it's only September!)
Our library system has a great online catalog, and I have had helpful librarians renew my books so that I don't have to pay the fines, which has saved me more than once. I can go online to renew also, and just did that, which has erased a fine that was on that book ($1.60 savings -- very worth it). But... a book I returned a week ago had earned an $0.70 fine that I will have to pay, because I didn't think to renew before returning via the book drop.
I love to go with the boys (or by myself) and check out 6-8 (or more) children's books at a time. What happens to me is that we read them and they get scattered into our own books. I think I'm doing better, as I will grab some to return and only keep the ones we really are enjoying a little longer, to the max of the borrow period (and then some!) I think frequent return stops is working for me, but evidently not well enough as I have an $0.70 to pay.
What are your strategies for managing borrowed materials? I need help!