In 1966, a 13-year-old student named Harry Krame checked out Lewis Gannet’s The Family Book Of Verse from his school library. The book was seemingly forgotten until, 53 years later, while cleaning out his basement, the 65-year-old discovered he still had the book and vowed to return it.
53 years after checking it out, Krame returned to his old school, now known as the Memorial Middle School in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and asked to speak to the school’s principal. Krame joked that when he was asked his name, he said he couldn’t give it as he was in the witness protection program.
He explained his shock and guilt when he discovered the old book. “It lasted a few seconds,” he said. “It was like holy **** I still have (it).” With an overdue fee of 10 cents a day, Krame could have been looking at a fine of up to $2,000, but he didn’t need to worry.
“We’re not looking to collect on it,” said the vice principal of Memorial Middle School, Dominick Tarquinio, who was surprised to see a former student return decades later.
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Secret Library Gorgon, whose real name is Mel, told Bored Panda that being a librarian was never her intention but sometimes great things happen without you planning them.
“I’ve had a lot of jobs over the years but I became quite unwell about five years ago and had to leave my product design engineering role and course. I was gutted but I knew that recovery would take a while. I’ve always been a bookworm so I started looking for jobs in libraries and other environments to do part-time while I recovered. I love it so much that I hope I can keep working in libraries permanently.”
After chatting with a colleague about some of the quirks of their job, Mel started posting them on Twitter: “I figured a few of my fellow library assistants would relate. If I’d known how big it would become, I’d have proofread them first!”
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The government will share £188,000 of funding through the Pub is the Hub project to help rural pubs diversify their offerings and help bring communities together by expanding their services beyond food and drink. Rural pubs are particularly threatened with fourteen pubs closing every week, and with austerity always at the forefront, libraries and community services are also under threat.