60 years later, book returned to Ohio library

Associated Press / December 10, 2009

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A book has been mailed back to an Ohio library after six decades, accompanied by an anonymous letter of remorse.

The biography “Napoleon’’ by Emil Ludwig recently arrived at Toledo’s main library with a brief note that read: “I removed this book from your stacks in 1949 and did not check it out. I apologize. It’s an excellent book and in good condition.’’

The person who signed it “An ex-Toledoan’’ also wrote, “Carrying guilt for 60 years is a terrible thing.’’

Rhonda Sewell, library spokeswoman, said the package, with its Beverly Hills, Calif., postmark, came as a shock. She said the holiday season may have moved the sender to right a longtime wrong.

Harry Johnston, circulation clerk, speculated the book was taken by a student in a hurry.