New Bern Woman Returns Overdue Book Seven Years Later

Seven years ago, Rachel Kwasnick checked "Crime and Punishment" out of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library for a school project. She returned it Wednesday.

The library says the 23-year-old woman said she only read the first two chapters when she was a student at West Craven High School.

The book came back during a library program that forgives fines for overdue books in return for food donations to Religious Community Services.

She said fear of punishment kept her from returning the book and thought the fines would be too high. She was surprised when she learned that the library caps fines at $5.

Kwasnick donated several cases of canned goods.


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  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Feb 6, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    Let me just say that donating books to a library is tax deductible. I know when my daddy, a civil war buff, died, we donated a lot of his books to the local library. They gave us a receipt to which we just had to estimate the value of the book. Plus, their civil war collection nearly quadrupled with our donation. I have it in my will to donate my books also.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    lol, oh my goodness. Totally Unresponsible, but at least some needy people got some food out of the process. What a shame that people can't return Borrowed items on time, you get two weeks or more to look at them.
  • by Rachel K Location: New Bern on Feb 5, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    You're right Fay. I did'nt even think about making the library have to purchase another copy of the book. :( Maybe I will purchase a new book and donate it to them as well. My lesson was learned, when in doubt ask questions. Assume nothing.
  • by Fay Location: Gville on Feb 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    If she had asked any library staff member or read the library circulation policies someone else could have read the book, too. Unfortunately, she made the library purchase another copy of the book.
  • by Ginny Location: V'town on Feb 5, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    Daeschle's Syndrome... That's a good one, vet. I bet her conscience feels a lot better now with that stolen book returned. When I couldn't find a book I borrowed from the CC Library, I just went and paid for the book. If I ever find it, I'll still turn it in as well. Maybe knowing there's a $5.00 cap will help others go ahead and turn in their overdue books.
  • by vet Location: USA on Feb 5, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    It's called Daschle's Syndrome, the feeling of guilt and knowing that Obama's team will search you out. Beware, "there's a new kid in town."
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