Thu, 11 Oct, 2018
Man returns library book after 84 years
Eighty-four years ago, a library book was borrowed by an 11-year-old girl.
A few days ago, it was returned to the Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana, USA, by her adult son.
Borrowed by his mother when she was a child, the man came across the book – which a library official described as “in pretty rough shape” –whilst cleaning the house.
The novel, Spoon River Anthology, is a book of free verse by Edgar Lee Masters, with each poem written in the perspective of a dead person within the fictional town.
An image of the old book was posted on the library’s Facebook page along with the statement: “We thought that the title was appropriately spooky to turn up again after all this time, right around Halloween.”
The library’s maximum fine is US$4 although the son was refrained the charge.