I did it!!
Well, I returned the books.
It was a busy day at the West Linn Library, but I braved the crowds, groveled, and cut those atrocious fees down to a mere $18.05. Since it’s under $25, my account is no longer blocked! I’m free to use the library. How liberating.
The librarian who so kindly took my books back is Julie Blake. I went to high school with her daughter. She recognized Matt and Elliott from story-time. I think her exact words were, “Well, only since you’re Elliott’s mom.”
I made her take a picture with me. I laughed a lot. And then some rude woman told me to be quiet.