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Past Due: Library Book Returned After More Than a Century

by Leanne Stahulak
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We’ve all been there. You check out a library book and lose it under a pile of things on the coffee table or in the office. You figure you’ll return it someday. But eventually, so many years go by that you forget about it.

But I bet your longest overdue library book has nothing on this 1907 book that someone returned after a century in Idaho.

According to Fox News, Boise Public Library sent out an update on Twitter earlier this month to tell patrons the incredible story.

A patron checked out a book titled “The New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Douglas Wiggin in 1910 from Boise’s Carnegie Public Library. The book was published in 1907 and is the sequel to Wiggin’s first novel, “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” (1903). Per Fox News, the stories follow the life of Rebecca Rowena Randall as she grows up in rural Maine.

The Boise Public Library Twitter account posted several photos earlier of the century-old library book. The due date slip shows patrons checked it out 15 times before the final patron who checked it out lost it. One hundred and eleven years later, it finally made its way back to Carnegie Public Library.

“New Chronicles of Rebecca – originally checked out from Boise’s Carnegie Public Library in 1910! – was recently returned,” the library wrote in the tweet. “With a fine of two cents per day for 111 years, whoever checked out this book would owe $803–thank goodness the Boise Public Libraries are now fine free!”

That’s quite the fee. Per Fox News, and luckily for the patron, the Boise Public Library eliminated late fees in 2019.

After posting the incredible story on Twitter earlier, someone asked how the library got it back. The library didn’t say who found the book or where they found it. But an Idaho resident initially returned it to the Garden City Public Library in Ada County. From there, it made its way back to Boise.

Check Your Library This March for Dolly Parton’s First Book

Earlier this year, country singing sensation Dolly Parton revealed that she’d be writing her first novel with seasoned author Jame Patterson. We can’t wait to see the dynamic duo’s Nashville-based thriller, “Run, Rose, Run,” hit shelves next year.

Paton announced the release date — March 7, 2022 — and the cover for the novel back in August. And of course, the country singer will release an album of the same name right when the book’s out.

“I cannot be more excited about the release of my very first novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’ with the great James Patterson. I also have a new album to go along with the book,” Parton told PEOPLE  in an exclusive statement.

For the album, “All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it all together!” Parton said.