Posted on March 17, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A 23,000-day-overdue book has found its way back to the Queens Public Library — with a donation and an apology.

Betty Diamond checked out Ol’ Paul, the Mighty Logger by Glen Rounds back in 1957 and, upon realizing it was overdue, was too embarrassed to return it, she told the New York Times.

But Diamond kept it for the decades in between and finally gathered the nerve to confess to the oh-so-understanding library.

If anything, chief librarian Nick Buron was impressed that not only did the book come back, but that its last borrower was the same person to return it.

Her donation was more than enough to cover the theoretical late fees; Buron emphasized that his library — and most others — wouldn't have sought the compensation anyway, so if you have a long-lost book lying around, don't worry about finding your checkbook, too.

Read about the travels of Ol’ Paul, the Mighty Logger in the NY Times.

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