The book, 'The Hockey Trick' by Scott Corbett, was checked out in 1974, has finally made its way to the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon after 45 years.
After nearly 45 years, a library book has finally made its way back to its home at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon. The book in question is a copy of "The Hockey Trick" by Scott Corbett, which was checked out in 1974. The library recently received a package containing the book, along with an apology note, possibly from the borrower. According to WOFL, the note included a sincere apology for the long-overdue book, saying that it was likely due in the late 1970s. Not only that but also the sender has included a check just in case the book was never returned or if any fees were owed. The stamp inside the book indicated that it was due on April 25, 1979.
The library took to Facebook to share the news and captioned: "It's National Return Borrowed Books Week, and do we have a story for you. We received a package that included this 1974 copy of The Hockey Trick along with a sweet note, explaining that the book had been checked out roughly 45 years ago. It was like getting a literary time capsule! Many thanks to the person who sent this to us (we are keeping them anonymous). And remember: we do not charge late fees on books (though there is a replacement fee for lost items), so now would be a good time to gather up any late items and send them back our way."
They expressed their appreciation for the return of the book. They also took the opportunity to remind borrowers that they do not charge late fees for books, only a replacement fee for lost items. The library's reaction to the return of the book has been met with joy and gratitude from the community. Many people have commented on the Facebook post, thanking the library for its understanding and expressing their own relief that they can finally return their overdue books without fear of excessive fees.
This heartwarming story serves as a reminder that it's never too late to make things right. The borrower, whoever they may be, demonstrated a genuine sense of remorse for their long-overdue book and their act of returning it after all these years has likely brought a sense of closure to both the borrower and the library.
For the Deschutes Public Library, the return of "The Hockey Trick" is a small but meaningful victory. It shows that their efforts to promote responsible borrowing and understanding toward the patrons have not gone unnoticed. And for the borrower, the return of the book is a chance to make amends and start fresh. This story really drives home how crucial community, forgiveness and second chances are. It's a good reminder that even small acts of kindness can go a long way and it's never too late to make the right choice.