Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Candidate for Library Patron of the Year!

As if US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger hadn't endeared himself to the nation already, he has earned a special place in the hearts of librarians everywhere. Read the AP story below.

Library lets late fees fly for Hudson pilot
A book checked out to Chesley Sullenberger was left in the cargo hold

Updated 8:43 p.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 2, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno library to pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger: You're forgiven.
The US Airways pilot splash-landed his jetliner in the Hudson River on Jan. 15, and everyone on board escaped safely. But left in the cargo hold was a book Sullenberger had checked out from California State University, Fresno, through his local library near Danville.
Library officials say Sullenberger asked for an extension and waiver of overdue fees. The pilot and his spokeswoman didn't return messages seeking comment Monday.
The librarians say they were struck by Sullenberger's sense of responsibility and did him one better: They're waiving all fees, even lost book fees, and placing a template in the replacement book dedicating it to him.
The book's subject? Professional ethics.

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