Library book overdue by 74 years

Library book overdue by 74 years


A California woman returned a library book which was 74 years overdue

A California woman is proving it’s never too late to make things right.

Ninety-five-year-old Hazel Severson of Sacramento said a friend found a book that Severson’s late husband had borrowed from an Amador County library in 1936 while preparing for a garage sale.

Mrs Severson returned the book and offered to pay the overdue fee – a whopping $2,701.

Luckily for her, the library didn’t charge her, though it did accept a small donation.

Librarian Laura Einstadter said it was just happy to get back the book.

Severson told the Sacramento Bee newspaper that she and her husband Howard were newlyweds back when chose “Seaplane Solo”, a book about about Sir Francis Chichester’s 1930 solo flight across the Tasman Sea.

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