A librarian returned an overdue book after 73 years. Now she's famous
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A librarian returned an overdue book after 73 years. Now she’s famous

This copy of "The Postman," by Charlotte Kuh was checked out of a Silver Spring, Md., library in 1946 and returned this year. Don’t blame Marie Kondo. Mora Gregg, a retired librarian in Toronto, was simply dusting a bookshelf in her one-bedroom apartment last month when she happened upon an item she’d been hanging on to for a bit longer than Ms. Kondo might recommend. Slipped behind other books was a lovingly worn copy of the 1929 children’s book “The Postman,” by Charlotte Kuh. Gregg’s mother had checked it out of a Silver Spring, Md., library in 1946, when Gregg was a toddler. Nearly 27,000 days past its due date, Gregg, now 75, decided to return it. “I really love that book,” she said by phone. Though the words “Property of Silver Spring Library” are stamped on its inside cover, this “was the first time it came to my consciousness that it was overdue,” she said. “I never thought about it, or if I had, I was just too busy to do anything about it.” This time she did. She sent the book, along with an apologetic note, back to Silver Spring. “I was just expecting a thank-you note,” […]

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