An overdue library book was just returned ... 111 years after it was checked out

Dec 16th

When was the last time you lost something?

Maybe your keys, wallet, or a favorite t-shirt.

Now, think, when was the last time you found a lost item?

I'll take a wild guess and say that if you lost something over a hundred years ago then you probably never saw it again.

(And if you can remember losing something a hundred years ago AND you're reading this article right now, then I am extremely impressed with your genes. Tell me your secrets.)

A children's book titled "New Chronicles of Rebecca" by Kate Douglas Wiggin was checked out from the Boise, Idaho, public library in 1910 ... and it was finally returned last month.

And I thought I was a slow reader.

After vanishing 111 years ago, it appeared (seemingly) out of thin air and was returned anonymously to a city library about 51 miles outside of Boise.

"The checkout desk noticed that it was rather old and it didn't have any current markings, so they looked into it," city library assistant Anne Marie Martin told NBC affiliate KTVB of Boise. "I don't think anybody here has seen a book that's been away for so long," she said.

The book was published in 1907 and was checked out on November 8, 1911– and returned in November 2021.

That makes the book over 40,000 days late and would have cost more than $800 in late fees.

Inside the book there is a label that reads, "Books may be kept two weeks without renewal unless otherwise labeled; a fine of two cents per day is imposed on overdue books."

Boise Public Library

Good thing the library doesn't charge late fees since 2019!

"It's in very good shape," Martin said. "I think the condition would be very good to excellent."

The book is now back at home in the Boise Public Library but it was placed in the history room this time– where books can be browsed but not checked out.

Probably a good call.


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