Overdue books returned 51 years late

Two overdue library books have been returned to Camelback High in Phoenix 51 years late. An anonymous former student mailed the two books with a money order for $1,000 and a note.

. . . the sender wrote that the money should cover delinquency fees and a little extra in case the overdue rates had changed. The writer calculated that 2 cents per day for 51 years equaled $745 in late fees for two books.

The three-paragraph letter, from the self-described “almost a graduate,” signed off with “Sorry These 2 Books are So Late!” The writer shared that in 1958, when his family quickly uprooted and moved to Colorado, the books moved, too.

The school library is displaying the letter and the two books, Community of Living Things: Forests and Woodlands and Field and Meadows.  The $1,000 will be spent to buy more books.

Via Education Gadfly.

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