Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Suspect Juri Was Involved

Yes, I'd like to renew this, please... - Yahoo! News: "HELSINKI (Reuters) - A Finnish library-goer apparently thought 'better late than never' and quietly returned a book on loan for more than 100 years to a library in Vantaa, in southern Finland.

The library had long since lost track of the loan but welcomed back to its collections the bound copy of a 1902 volume of Vartija, an active religious monthly periodical at the time.

'We are unclear when exactly it was borrowed and who returned it. There weren't any documents with it,' librarian Minna Saastamoinen told Reuters.

'There is an old note attached to the book which says there is a fine of 10 pennies a week for late returns,' she added.

The library sticker inside the cover, and the old-fashioned handwriting on it, showed the book was last officially loaned out at the beginning of the last century, she said."


Frank Denton said...

We recently had a book returned to our local library, something about Sherlock Holmes and bridge. It was accompanied by a check for over $900 for the fine. Fellow had moved to California, left the book at his parent's house and hadn't been back to visit in a long while. The check was given to the library guild. We promptly spent it to support a couple more programs.

Juri said...

Yeah, I read this, too. Maybe it was my great-grandfather.