Nerja has made it onto the TV news here in Spain, with the national channel RTVE1 picking up on the story about the late return of a library book on their evening news programme. A news crew was despatched to film a 10 second interview with librarian Adela Armijo inside Nerja’s library about the late return of the book. As we reported on Sunday, the book was in fact returned more than 50 years late.

The book “El lenguaje, introducción lingüística a la Historia” (Language, a linguistic introduction to history) by J. Vendreys was taken out from the Salvador Rueda public library on the 25th of May 1961. Since then it has been at the house of the person who borrowed the book, first in Nerja and then in Málaga where he currently lives.

Finally a few days ago the guilty party returned the book to councillor José Miguel Jimena, whom he had known for a number of years, so that the book could be given back to the town’s library. One of the current employees at the library, Adela Armijo, has said that the longest that anyone has taken to return a book until now has been “at most four or five years”. In Nerja there are no fines for late return of a book, instead the user gets a temporary ban as a punishment. It is not known how many years ban this late return will earn.

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