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Book Her, Dano! Woman Arrested for Not Returning Library Book

And I thought I had a difficult time getting library books back on time!

A 39-year-old Iowa woman has been arrested for failure to return a library book.

Shelly Koontz has been charged with fifth-degree theft for not returning The Freedom Writers Diary which she “borrowed” from the public library in April 2008. Library employees attempted to contact Koontz numerous times both by telephone and by mail. In September,  a police officer also visited her regarding the matter.

Koontz was released from jail after posting a $250 bond.

If Koontz really wanted a copy of The Freedom Writers Diary for her personal library she should have ordered one from Abe. It would have been much easier and much cheaper as copies are available starting at just $3.24! Heck, a signed copy is available for only $47.25,  a fifth of the cost of the bond.

About The Freedom Writers Diary:

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students–whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims of abuse–Gruwell was the first person to treat them with dignity, to believe in their potential and help them see it themselves. Soon, their loyalty towards their teacher and burning enthusiasm to help end violence and intolerance became a force of its own. Inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank and meeting Zlata Filipovic (the eleven-year old girl who wrote of her life in Sarajevo during the civil war), the students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candor, The Freedom Writers Diary is filled with astounding vignettes from 150 students who, like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders, heard society tell them where to go–and refused to listen.

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