Skip to comments.Book due back in 1981 finally returned to British library
Posted on 01/11/2023 12:09:30 PM PST by Red Badger
Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A library in England said it's "never too late" to return overdue materials after a book was returned that was due back in 1981.
Northumberland Libraries said in a Facebook post that a book was returned this week to the Alnwick Library and librarians were stunned to discover it was nearly 42 years overdue.
The book, Knight's Fee by Rosemary Sutcliff, had a note tucked inside explaining it had been found the previous day during a clean-out of the returner's parents' home.
"I must apologize profusely on behalf of the family," the note reads.
The book had been due back March 27, 1981. The post said the nearly 42-year gap between the tome being checked out and returned "might just be our new record."
The post said librarians hope the story will inspire others to return their own long-overdue items.
"There are no late fees or fines at any of our libraries, just a warm welcome back for you and our books, so why not have a root about at home and see if there are any rogue ones hiding away somewhere?" librarians wrote.
In before Seinfeld.
LOL!!! That’s the first thing I thought of!!!
That’s the thing about “Seinfeld”. No matter what the topic is, there will be an appropriate Seinfeld reference.
George Washington as our first POTUS, then to be found in New York’s Manhattan, borrowed from the municipal public library a copy of Law of Nations by Emerich de Vattel, published in 1758.
It was never returned.
Later, though, the library was made whole.
George Washington’s library book returned, 221 years later
Book on international affairs that first US president borrowed in 1789 finally replaced
Thu 20 May 2010 11.51 EDT
It was over two centuries late, but a copy of a library book George Washington borrowed was returned yesterday to a New York library.
The former president borrowed The Law of Nations by Emer de Vattel on 5 October 1789, according to the records of the New York Society Library.
Staff discovered it was missing when they conducted an inventory of books in the library’s 1789-1792 ledger earlier this year. Washington had never returned the book – an essay on international affairs – to the library, which shared a building with the federal government at the time and was used by members of Congress and the cabinet as well as the president. The former president’s overdue fines, it has been calculated, would theoretically amount to $300,000 (£209,000).
After staff at Mount Vernon, Washington’s former home in Virginia, learned of the situation, they got in touch with the library – New York’s oldest – offering to replace the book with another copy of the same edition. A ceremony yesterday saw Mount Vernon staff present the book to the library.
Two hundred and twenty-one years later, The Law of Nations has finally come home, with – fortunately for Mount Vernon’s coffers – no mention made of the fine.
One of the best skits from Seinfeld. It still makes me howl every time I see it. The guy who played Bookman had quite a Hollywood career, but sadly, to me at least, that will the highlight of his career.
Seinfeld - The Library Cop
Al Returns An Overdue Library Book | Married With Children
found in Biden’s stash of secret documents?
Miss DeGroot : You know, Mr. Bundy, I’ve worked at this library for 44 years. I was eligible for retirement 3 years ago. Do you know why I stayed?
Al Bundy : You learned to eat books?
LOL. Gets me every time. Thanks.
LOL!.....................That was a great show!..............
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