SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- For 95-year-old Hazel Severson, the decision was straightforward. The book didn't belong to her, so she needed to return it.
"It was the library's book," she said. "I wanted to get it back to them."
So what if the book -- "Seaplane Solo," Sir Francis Chichester's autobiographical account of his 1930 solo flight across the Tasman Sea -- was 74 years overdue from the public library in Amador County, Calif.? To Severson, returning the book was the right thing to do, period.
With the help of her longtime South Land Park, Calif., neighbors, Jim and Laurie Gibson, she turned the book over to Amador County librarian Laura Einstadter on Oct. 13.
She even offered to pay an overdue fee of $2,701, or 10 cents a day, which the library refused to accept.