With all of the problems we see in the world today, it is nice to know that some things stay the same no matter what. There is basic decency in some in 2009. A story on the BBC website shows it is alive and well in the U.S., which must have been enough of a surprise for it to be reported there.

A former student at an Arizona school has returned two library books, 50 years late, and with a $1,000 (£600) cheque to cover overdue fees.

Librarian Georgette Bordine at Camelback High School in Phoenix said the books were checked out in 1959.

The person, who wanted to remain anonymous, calculated the fee as 4c a day, with some extra in case the rates had changed, media reports said.

Apparently the books were inadvertently packed when the student moved state.

Ms Bordine said the money would be used to buy more books, with the overdue ones – about conservation – returned to the shelves.

While I’m not sure that the average of four cents a day still covers it, I’m sure that this was a tale spread far and wide in that school district as an object lesson.

What might be most interesting to see – if the books were ever replaced during their absence, and does the librarian use their condition as an object lesson for the better care of library books while in the hands of students.

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