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May 18, 2004

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I like that - it's a low tech version, essentially, of the solution I discuss. It depends on the family's own determination of the child's independence with regard to opening their own snail mail. The little kids' mail would presumably be opened by the parents, who are also the ones who presumably know where the books would be. The older teens' mail (hopefully - and I recognize I say that based on my personal values) would be opened by the teen. The age at which the line shifts would be determined by the family, not the library.

When I was a volunteer at Seattle Public Library about ten years ago, the workaround was that they would not tell a parent what books a kid had checked out, but they would mail a list to the residence of record. I always thought this was sort of a cheat. Even though the parent is also not supposed to read a kid's mail, the assumption was that they would, without the library having to technically give the parent the information. No idea if this has changed since.

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