Fine for overdue library books is fair

Although Mrs Sheeba John has the right to complain about the amount of fine she had to pay when her daughter forgot to return two library books, I think the move by the library was fair ("Library fines cost more than book"; Forum Online, July 23).

Such fines serve as a reminder to users on the importance of returning their books on time.

Children should be taught to be responsible when it comes to borrowing library books and returning them on time.

That said, people do forget to do so sometimes. Parents can help by making sure that their children pay the full amount of any fine meted out, as this reinforces the message that the book is on loan to the public.

Those who are worried about not meeting library loan deadlines should buy the books instead.

Roy Wang Jing Jie