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Family turns in library book a CENTURY passed its due date escapes $1,756 in overdue fees

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A long-awaited history book has finally been returned to the California library it was loaned from, nearly a century late.

The book, Benson Lossing’s A History of the United States, was published in 1881 and was owned by the St. Helena Public Library in Napa Valley.

A note inside the book, which was published in 1892, reads: “This book may be kept for two weeks.”

He was due back on February 21, 1927, which made him more than 96 years late.

A long-awaited history book has finally been returned to the California library it was loaned from, nearly a century late

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A book has been returned to the library it was borrowed from almost 100 years ago

The book was due February 21, 1927, making it more than 96 years late

The book was due February 21, 1927, making it more than 96 years late

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Benson Lossing’s “A History of the United States” has been returned to the St Helena Public Library in California, 96 years after its due date in February 1927

Previously, overdue fines for the book were billed at 5 cents a day, meaning the current borrower, Jim Perry, would have owed about $1,756.

Luckily for him, the library decided to eliminate late fines in 2019.

Perry found the book while doing some spring cleaning. It was hidden in a box that belonged to his late wife, Sandra, according to the Star of Saint Helena.

The book has been in the family for five generations and he believes his wife’s grandfather, John McCormick, a scion of one of St. Helena’s oldest pioneer families, originally borrowed the book but forgot to take it. render.

After McCormick’s death in 1963, the book was passed on to his youngest daughter, Babe Learned.

The book is now treated as a rare artifact and placed in a glass case for all to see

The book is now treated as a rare artifact and placed in a glass case for all to see

The book was due February 21, 1927 and came from the Free Library

The book was due February 21, 1927 and came from the Free Library

Jim Perry came across the book while browsing through a collection of books that once belonged to his late wife, Sandra Learned Perry.

Jim Perry came across the book while browsing through a collection of books that once belonged to his late wife, Sandra Learned Perry.

When Babe Learned died in 2011, her daughter Sandra Learned Perry inherited the book.

Jim’s wife, Sandra, died in 2015, leaving the library book among a box of books her husband had recently started browsing.

At first, Perry returned the book without leaving his name, but after retrieving the title from its collection, the library requested more information about where the book had been for most of the past 100 years.

Perry then contacted the library after seeing a report about the article on the news.

“I didn’t realize how special it was,” Perry admitted.

“A member of my staff came over and said, ‘Oh, someone returned that book,'” library manager Chris Kreiden said. KOVR.

“They thought it was really cool. We didn’t realize how old it was – it was falling apart. I’m afraid to touch it.

“We’re all, you know, wondering where the book could have been so long, you know, after being checked out in 1927,” Kreiden said. “To have it come from this library so far away is really amazing.

“I mean we had things checked for two or three years, maybe five, but never anything that long,” he continued.

Library staff believe the book may have been among the 540 volumes available at the Free Public Library, the predecessor of the St. Helena Public Library.

The book is now treated as a rare artifact and placed in a glass case for all to see.

“It’s never too late to return your library book,” Kreiden joked.

The library is now featuring the book as well as news articles about the rare find

The library is now featuring the book as well as news articles about the rare find

Library staff believe the book may have been among the 540 volumes available at the Free Public Library, the predecessor of St. Helena Public Library, pictured above.

Library staff believe the book may have been among the 540 volumes available at the Free Public Library, the predecessor of St. Helena Public Library, pictured above.

The Guinness World Record for the latest library book is held by a German history book owned by Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Colonel Robert Walpole, the father of Sir Robert Walpole, who is considered Britain’s first Prime Minister, borrowed the book in 1667 or 1668.

He was discovered by Professor John Plumb while researching Walpole’s biography and returned to Sidney Sussex on January 16, 1956, a staggering 287 years late.

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