I don't like it when teachers don't give students a chance to do the right thing. One of my students lost a library book several years ago when he was in elementary school. It is now a couple of years later and his family is unable to pay the replacement cost. The student has not been allowed to check out library books this whole time because of this flag on his account. The student brought me a different book in excellent condition and asked if the other school library might accept the book as a trade to clear out the fine on his account so that he can begin checking out books again. In my district this is extremely common practice, especially since the librarians don't actually get any of the money that students pay in fines or for replacement books--having a book on the shelf is better than nothing. I'd say that easily 99% of librarians would have accepted this book in trade in this situation. Of course this poor kid gets the one librarian in the district who won't. She will only accept an identical book in perfect condition. Sigh. So now I have to call this kid down and explain the situation to him. I am frustrated. I feel like he is trying to make things right for a relatively minor mistake he made years ago and this person isn't letting him do that.