We live just a few blocks from the public library and my two-year-old son loves nothing more than checking out new books...he can sit forever and look at books! We always try to return books on-time before we check out more, but of course, everyone misses a book or two from time to time.
So what's the longest you've ever held on to a late library book? My guess is whatever that number is, it's not as long as one 74-year old professor from UW-Madison. According to the NY Times article, Betty Diamon checked out a children's book called "Ol Paul, the Mighty Logger" by Glen Rounds (it's a book of tall tales about Paul Bunyan) from a library in Queens, NYC.
63-years later, she realized she still had the book, mailed it back with a check for $500. That constitutes about 23,000 days late. A very surprised librarian said that they stop accruing late charges after 7 years, but they appreciate the donation.
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