When going to the library the rules are the same for everyone.
You must return your selection or face an overdue fine, but have you ever heard of a reader waiting 60 years to return a book?
“I have never seen anything like this come through,” said Linton Public Library Director, Jennifer White.
It’s rare to hear of someone holding onto a library book for so long.
Certainly, Larry Murdock didn’t intend to become “that” person.
“It was the right thing to do, and it occurred to me maybe after all those years there are kids out there who might get some benefit from it,” said Murdock.
In 1956, Murdock was just eight years old when he checked out “The Moths of the Limberlost” from the Linton Public Library.
His love for this book launched a career and he eventually became Purdue’s Distinguished Professor of Entomology.
“I realized that this is exactly what I love. Insects and especially moths.”
60 years later Murdock found the book in a box and realized he had to right a wrong.
He returned the book and paid his overdue fine of $436.44.
“It was awesome he had his late fees down to the day,” said White.
This came as surprise to the library and with the money Professor Murdock paid. The library was able to get new computers for the children’s section.