Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Pearls Before Swine

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  1. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, over 2 years ago

    You’re not just having a book, you’re having a book with all the people that had that book before you.

  2. Sherlock Watson

    Sherlock Watson said, over 2 years ago

    Always practice safe reading, kids, or you might catch a case of social studies.

  3. F6F5Hellcat

    F6F5Hellcat said, over 2 years ago

    I wonder if my local library has gone back to people’s names on the card. Can remember when they started using your library card number and you’d see that in the book. Been years since I’ve checked out a book, ironically I now own most of the books I enjoyed checking out from them, and I can also blame the net for my lack of visiting. Most of the subjects I’d be checking out books from the library for I can look up online. Maybe even find a copy on Project Guttenberg for free download if it’s an old enough book. But it’s been almost twenty years since I last saw a person’s name on that little slip.

  4. Bilan

    Bilan said, over 2 years ago

    My library books have had a lot of dates, but never committed to anyone.

  5. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 2 years ago

    I bought a used copy of Pet Sematary by Stephen King. One of the previous owners thought his observations were so important, he just had to write them in.
    (I knew it was a he, by the comments about ‘irrational females’…)

  6. TMO1

    TMO1 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve seen the card pocket system, but never saw names on the cards, just dates.

  7. Alan Rees

    Alan Rees said, over 2 years ago

    I don’t mean to be snarky, but I wonder when Pastis last used a library. In my 65 years I have used a lot of different libraries, in at least two different countries, and I don’t think I have EVER seen a system where the borrower wrote his/her name on a card that was left in the book. Usually when the borrower’s name is written on a card, that card is then left with the library until the book is returned.

  8. rshive

    rshive said, over 2 years ago

    Our library books have funny bars. Strange borrowers indeed.

  9. Cjbpp

    Cjbpp said, over 2 years ago

    Why don’t y’all just enjoy the strip? And btw, my childhood library in a small town DID use names. Granted, we’re going back some…

  10. leons1701

    leons1701 said, over 2 years ago

    #1: some libraries did use real names on the cards.
    #2: sometimes the card stays in by mistake.
    #3: however, I haven’t seen a card in a library book in at least 20 years, most libraries have computerized checkout systems.

  11. Betsy Lightfoot

    Betsy Lightfoot said, over 2 years ago

    It also means that the book has been in the library system for at least 10 years. Maybe 20.

  12. Puddlesplatt McLearn

    Puddlesplatt McLearn said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve had quite a few of dem books, most were pretty good, even the third and forth time.

  13. rshive

    rshive said, over 2 years ago


    There are always unintended consequences. When our library went computerized, overdue fines skyrocketed. Seems that those little pasted-in slips showing due dates really did something.

  14. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 2 years ago

    @Alan Rees

    Well, that’s true, but we would go to the library’s book sales, and found many books for sale with the cards in them. Of course, that’s back when we had names instead of numbers, and it was neat to see who had read the book, or at least checked it out. No fear of ID theft or being on some list because you read a book. Simpler times, better in some ways.

  15. packratjohn

    packratjohn said, over 2 years ago


    We are enjoying the strip, and the comments.

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