Man Returns Library Book After 63 years

Self Publishing News Bulletin Nikki Cooper

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An Alabama man held onto a library book for 63 years; when he returned it last week, he told the librarian, “I’m a slow reader.”

Bobby Rice was kidding. He checked out the book, “Lydia Bailey” by Kenneth Roberts, from his high school library 63 years ago. It’s a mostly forgotten historical novel published in 1947 and set in the years after America’s Revolutionary War.

When Rice returned it to the school, the current librarian totaled his late fees, which came to about $1,500. She didn’t have the heart to charge him and waived the fee.

The book had been checked out before she was born.Rice, a former teacher, told television station WAFF, “I would want my students to turn their book in.”

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