Fake Patron to Keep Books on Shelves At Local Library

Library books that go years without getting checked out risk losing their spots on the shelves. That means, in theory, that one insatiable reader could single-handedly save a library’s most vulnerable titles from getting the boot. This was the idea behind Orlando librarian George Dore’s plan to create a card for a fictional alter ego, and now he’s facing real-life trouble from the authorities.

As the Orlando Sentinel reports, “Chuck Finley” checked out 2361 books from the East Lake County Library in the span of nine months in 2016. Named after the 54-year-old former California Angels pitcher, Dore collaborated with a library assistant to devise an address, occupation, and drivers license number for the fake patron. Chuck Finley’s reading tastes ranged from classics…