I wanted to switch up my brand of running shoes, and my friend and his sister recently switched to Mizunos and really like them. However, these are the only Mizunos they had at Sports Basement. I don’t consider myself to have a lot of shame, but even *I* don’t think I could bring myself to wear these out the door. (I ended up with Brooks Ghosts.)
Dear SF Public Library,
Look, you know I love you. I donate books and money all the time, and I never take for granted the fact that I get about 70% of my reading for free. I also think you have a terrifically well-run system, especially for a city agency. But can we talk about lending times for a minute? You really need to have special, longer loan times for long books. I mean, do you seriously think I can read this 925-page novel in just 21 days? That’s 45 pages a day with no days off. If I only read on weeknights, which is generally the case, that’s more than 60 pages a night. Plus, I already know I won’t be able to renew it for an additional 3 weeks, because you won’t allow people to do that if any holds are outstanding — and there is ALWAYS a waiting list of holds for any popular novel less than 2 years old.
Trust me, SFPL, I just want to help you help yourself. It’s the hardcore readers who tend to read more substantive books, and we’re the ones who urge our city officials to support you, give you donations, attend your book sales, and volunteer. Keep us happy and we’ll keep you happy, I promise!
Six weeks is a reasonable amount of time in which to read this book. Is that really too much to ask?