Mystery surrounds book returned after 42 years

November 26 2019

Mystery surrounds book returned after 42 years

A LOCAL library has hit the headlines after one of its books was returned 42 years overdue.
The copy of The Cherrys and the Double Arrow, a children's book by Will Scott, was taken out at Henleaze library on Northumbria Drive in 1976. However, it was recently returned anonymously along with an apology note and £10.
The note read: “Recently found in my parents’ garage. Thought you should have it back with £10 towards fines/replacement cost. Many apologies.”
Bristol Libraries enforces a cap of £5.40 per book in fines, and as overdue fines do not apply to library members under the age of 17, it is unlikely that a fine would apply after all this time.
Megan Vowles, supervisor at Henleaze library, decided to write about the book in the library staff’s weekly bulletin after it was returned in the post. It was then picked up and posted on social media, and has gone on to receive coverage in national newspapers such as The Daily Mail. She said: “There was no name and no trace of the book on our system, and it could have been posted from anywhere in the country – we have no idea where it came from!  
“People that use the library think it’s lovely, and we’ve had lots of positive responses.  To us it sounded like someone had been clearing out some belongings, and so there’s a chance that they may not even be based in Bristol, so it’s all a bit of a mystery!
“We would love to know who posted it, but despite some coverage in national papers they have not been in touch. They don’t owe us any money, but it would be lovely to say thank you for returning the book after all this time.”