Man returns library book overdue since 1952

Published: Oct. 22, 2015 at 8:39 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 19, 2015 at 9:53 PM CST
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GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Marshall County man is relieved to know he will not be having to pay overdue fines for a library book he returned to the school this week.

The man recently discovered the book that he has had since he checked it out from a Guntersville school back in 1952 which was 63 years ago.

The librarian did the math on five cents a day and that comes out to be right at $1,500.

"It was a fantastic book best I can remember," said Bobby Rice.

But what Rice could not remember was to return the book, "Lydia Bailey," that he checked out of the Marshall County High School library back in 1952.

But when he discovered he still had the book in early October, he wanted to fix a 63-year-old mistake.

"I am a former teacher and I thought well I would want my students to turn their book in," said Rice.

So Rice returned the book to what is now Guntersville High School and to the current librarian who was not even alive at the time Rice checked out the book.

Elishaba Larson said she was happy to get the book back.

"I was really curious to see the content of the book, what type of book it was." said Larson. "It is just interesting because also it's probably a first edition."

Larson estimated the fine to be right at $1,500 but decided to give Rice a waiver on the fine for doing the right thing and returning it.

"If it is in good condition I will take it back absolutely no matter the time length." said Larson.

Rice is relieved about the fine but says he came with a good excuse just in case.

"I just kidded with her. I said I am just a slow reader," says Rice.

Ms. Larson says the book is in pretty good shape so she is considering putting it back into circulation.

She just hopes the next person does not keep it that long.

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