Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Losing Track Of Tome

Crossing The Finnish Line

Lucky they didn’t enforce a fine. A Finnish library-goer has returned a book that had been on loan for more than 100 years to a library in Vantaa, in southern Finland. The library had long since lost track of the loan but welcomed the bound copy of a 1902 volume of "Vartija", a religious monthly publication. It was borrowed so long ago that the branch of the library where it was handed in did not even exist when the volume was borrowed.

FOOTNOTE: The loan ranger.

14 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

That doesn't make sense - how can you borrow a book from a place that does not exist? Or was it handed over to a different library?

quilly said...

I impatiently await my partner's return from his business trip so I can introduce him to your puns. I have a feeling a conversation between the two of you would quickly grow confusing for anyone trying to follow along.

The Egel Nest said...

Alternate Footnote:

The Dewey decimate system...

Bradley
The Egel Nest

Celebration of Life said...

I would hate to have to pay the late fees on that overdue book!

ChristineEldin said...

I'm going to link you as Vegemite, if that's okay. I don't even know what that is, so I'll dedicate today's post to it. I hope it's more than a sandwich. :-)

Shrinky said...

How sweet. I hope they checked it over to make sure it wasn't defaced in any way?

oldmanlincoln said...

Interesting post, David. That happened here not long ago, or something similar except the library remained the same.

Dave Coulter said...

As I get older I appreciate the simplicity and longevity of a well made book. How many other "technologies" are out there that hold up so well after 106 years?

Vienna for Beginners said...

How'bout those people on the waiting list for the book? ;-)

CrazyCath said...

I've hear of similar situations but maybe not a 100 years+. What I like about this story is how some one made the effort, on discovering the book, instead of just thinking it wouldn't matter. Now loads of people can enjoy it instead of it sitting on some one's dusty bookshelf.
And I agree with an earlier comment: How many other 'technologies' will stand the test of over 100 years time and still function as they were intended to?

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

The mind boggles...there must be a short story in there somewhere.

Jamie Dawn said...

There's an episode of Seinfeld about a book being returned very late. it is quite funny!

Boy, oh boy!! Can you imagine those late fees? I'd like to know what they would have been.

i beati said...

wow now that's a book fine !!!

i beati said...

are you familiar with the four edge book ?I find them so beauteous