Book checked out from Centre College library in 1828 surfaces in desk

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A Centre college intern doing work at the Kentucky School for the Deaf found the book and with that she unearthed a little bit of history that a lot of people in this community say they never even knew about.

The book was found in of the oldest buildings on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus…Jacobs Hall, which opened in 1823. The student found the book…and returned it to the library….185 years after it was checked out.

“Books are remarkably resilient. If they don’t get wet or destroyed. Especially an old book that is printed on good paper,” said Centre librarian Stan Campbell.

The question may be how the book ended up at the KSD campus from Centre. But librarian Stan Campbell took that question to discover a history between the two schools he never knew existed. Such as how Centre’s board of trustees once managed the school and how many of KSD’s first teachers were Centre grads.

“There is a long standing tradition between Centre and KSD in the early days,” he said.

The book is about ancient civilizations written by Charles Rowland.

“These were popular books in their day,” Campbell said.

Any overdue library book would carry a fine.

“I think if we add it up at our current rate of 10 cents a day, it would be $6,000.”

And even thought that is a substantial amount the librarian say the fine will be forgiven.

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