Friday, May 15, 2009

Better Late Than Never?

ARLINGTON, Va. - A Virginia library said a woman has returned a book she checked out more than 30 years ago. Peter Golkin, a spokesman for the Arlington Central Library, said The Patriot Chiefs by Alvin Josephy was
checked out March 16, 1978, and returned last Tuesday with a $25 check and a letter of apology, The Washington Post reported. "It's always great to get the books back, as opposed to any kind of income from fines or replacement fees," Golkin said. Sarah McKee, 70, said she borrowed the book from the library so long ago that she had forgotten the book was not hers. "To my great embarrassment," her note read, "I recently opened this book and discovered it is yours -- not mine. My apologies for my tardiness." McKee, who now lives in Amherst, Mass., blamed the mistake on her poor memory. "I never would have schlepped it around all these years had I not thought it was mine," she said.


  1. Neat story. I have forgotten once or twice who I borrowed a book from but never for that long. Yet :)

  2. I sometimes wonder (pervertedly, I suppose) how many people who are discovered unexpectedly dead are found to have overdue books on their shelves!

  3. Aww that's kind of cute actually!

  4. Fun story. I know how she feels. My memory is not that good either. I like the cool question mark made up of books.

  5. I like that she wasn't too proud to return it after all those years. Classy lady, if a bit forgetful!

  6. Bernadette--And I hope it never happens!

    Rhapsody--I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks of things like that!

    Alea--It is, isn't it?

    Margot--Thanks. I really liked that graphic, too.

    Dawn--I agree. Most people would never have returned the book after that many years!


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