Vintage book checked out more than 100 years ago returned to St. Paul Public Library
November 20, 2023
A book checked out more than 100 years ago from the St. Paul Public Library recently found its way back. Overdue fines will not be enforced.
The title, "Famous Composers, Vol. 2" by Nathan Haskell Dole, dates to 1902. John Larson, digital library coordinator for the St. Paul Public Library, was the detective who traced the book's path. Studying dates inside the cover suggested that it was last checked out in 1919.
The book was not found in St. Paul. "It was returned in Hennepin County," said Larson, who has worked for the St. Paul Public Library for 25 years.