The St. Johns County Southeast Branch Library has an interesting community project going on: Ducks. So far, about six of the birds have been collected in the neighboring pond.
This takes me back. When I was younger, this was how it was done. Man lived on is ability to trade, to economize through what he owned and was owed. You were worth your livestock, as my grandfather used to say. To see a library go back to the old ways of accepting and caring for birds as payment of fine just brings a smile to my heart.
No to long ago this would not even be worth a story. Man had a fine, he brought in a chicken or a duck or whatever he felt was equivalent and the library would add it to the collection, usually in the back field. This was when library's had fields, of course, back when the land was open and untamed, back when space was not the issue it is now. I miss the mid to late 1980s.