Library book returned to Walton High School after more than 50 years

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WALTON, N.Y. (WBNG) — It’s been more than 50 years since the Walton High School has seen one of its Macbeth textbooks on its shelf.

And now, the book is back at its home, thanks to for a former student.

Steve Rowell took out the book in 1968, the same year he graduated from Walton.

When he graduated, Rowell turned the page and went off to college, with the book still in his possession.

While Rowell was in college, his parents moved and boxed up his things. But when they passed away a few years ago, he took back his boxes.

“At that point I went through them and I found the book. And I felt like, well it should probably go back to the school and I felt a little guilty about, well keeping it for 50 years,” said Rowell.

So he shipped it back to his roots, to the school’s surprise.

It’s so old! I mean, published in 1959 so it’s pretty cool,” said school librarian Katie Cuomo. “We do use Macbeth, we do use various works of Shakespeare, but this isn’t our current textbook.”

Along with the book, Rowell also sent a donation.

“I’m feeling guilty about the donation now because it was only $100 that I sent them. Someone calculated that it probably should be more like 3,000 dollars for the period of time that it was out,” said Rowell.

But the school says that was more than enough and is now paying it forward.

“I’ll be purchasing some books that the children have asked, that they want to read,” said Cuomo.

Walton High School says it is now using this story to teach its students a lesson.

Now a sign hangs on the library door that reads, “It’s never too late to return an overdue book.”

Staff at Walton Schools say they are thinking of putting the book into a shadow box in the school library, to display it for students.

Annabelle Flaherty

Annabelle Flaherty

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