82 years after its due date, book is returned to library
A LIBRARY book checked out three years before World War Two begun has made its long-awaited return to a library after more than 80 years.
The novel, The Stolen Cellina by Alan Thomas, was last borrowed from Limerick City Library in November 1936, at a time when the Spanish Civil War was raging and RTÉ only broadcasted on the radio.
Its homecoming to The Granary on Michael Street, during a week in which libraries across the country abolished late fees was a ‘pure coincidence’, according to city librarian Marie Stakelum who helped with the book’s return.
The novel and its notable Limerick stamp was discovered by a ‘lovely lady’ in Dún Laoghaire during a spring clean. Ms Stakelum explained: ‘She has some relations still in Limerick so she decided that she would call in. We just thought that it was such a nice thing for her to have done, we wanted to celebrate it.’
Should the library have brought the woman to book on the novel’s late fees, she could have faced a fine worth €1,490 in today’s equivalent.
‘To be clear, we are not charging her and we would not have,’ Ms Stakelum added.