After 60 years, man returns library book that clearly influenced his life


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/25/after-60-years-man-returns-li.html


#2

I am happy for the man in this story, his life turned out well, it seems.
When I was a young boy interested in moths the only book at my local library was “Advice for Young Mothers” and my life took a weird turn.


#3

That fee though. I’ve always been under the impression that a late fee would never exceed the cost of just replacing the book, which they presumably would have done in about 1957 at a cost of, what, $2?

Then again, interest.


#4

I’d like to think they told him he could just pay the replacement cost, but he’s doing well for himself and wanted to help the library so he paid the full fine anyway.


#5

One more thing that millenials will never do: return books.


#6

You do know that the oldest millennials are in their mid 30s now?


#7

We still see tons of kids coming in with their parents for storytime and a browse and borrow session after. Some of the parents I remember coming to storytime when they were young. The Circle of Life continues.


#8

Since when do book fines ever exceed the replacement cost of the book?


#9

Are you serious? I am either the first year of millennial generation or last year of gen x. We have overdue books sitting right here beside me. My three year old who is whatever generation will return books to the library. Damn I hope this is sarcasm.


#10

He deserves to be fined: his life was changed by the book, yes, but by holding on it for this long, he prevented other lives to be similarly influenced. Here’s hope his $400 will repair some of that damage.


#11

That’s all well and good, what’re the reviews of the book?


#12

My kids (5 and 7) do read and return books.

Society is what you make of it.


#13

Considering that the Limberlost Swamp was drained over a hundred years ago, I don’t know how relevant the book could be to any budding entomologist.

In the early 1900’s the Limberlost Swamp was described as a “treacherous swamp and quagmire, filled with every plant, animal and human danger known — in the worst of such locations in the central states.” Stretching for 13,000 acres the vast forest and swampland was legendary for its quicksand and unsavory characters. The swamp received its name from Limber Jim Corbus, who went hunting in the swamp and never returned. The familiar cry locally was “Limber’s lost!”


#14

Ah yes, as we all know, in the last 20 years, new humans being born have lost the ability to visit libraries.


#15

I’m impressed he kept the book that long. I’ve returned every library book I’ve ever checked out but when I was his age I frequently returned them to the wrong library.

The public library was very nice about sending The Hoboken Chicken Emergency to the school library for me.


#16

The cost to replace a library book usually includes hefty surcharges. Apparently cataloguing would make a nifty slush fund.


#17

I’ll always have a soft spot for the millennials in my chumbox


#18

Hey, at least you didn’t get directed to a skanky porn site, like I did.


#19

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