Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Library Book Returned 99 Years Late

Link to December 15 post, "One fine day; New Bedford native returns long-overdue library book".

There was no spring in his step as Stanley Dudek approached the entrance to the New Bedford Public Library Monday morning with a book tucked under his arm. Dudek was returning it on behalf of his deceased mother, and he was feeling a tad nervous because the book was overdue. Considerably overdue.

It was, in fact, 99 years, seven months and 12 days overdue.

The green stamp in the back of the small, red volume entitled "Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country" indicated it should have been returned to the library on May 2, 1910.

Google "99 years overdue". Lotta links, right?

Wouldn't it be great if the media could report about what we do today with the same breathlessness?

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