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12. Book Him
A man accused of failing to return more
700 children’s books to five different libraries in
county was released from jail yesterday after a
publisher agreed to post his bond of $1,000.
publisher said, “There’s a story here. This is
man who loves books. He just can’t let
of them. He hasn’t stolen a single book.
what’s the crime? We think that Mr. Barush
a story to tell. We plan to publish
When asked why he didn’t return the
, Mr. Barush said, “Well, how could I? They
family to me. I was afraid to return
, because I knew that kids or dogs would
hold of these books and chew them up,
them around, rip the pages, spill soda on
, get jam and jelly on them, and drown
in the toilet.”
He continued, “Books are people,
! They talk to you, they take care of
, and they enrich you with wisdom and humor
love. A book is my guest in my
. How could I kick it out? I repaired
pages. I dusted them with a soft clean
. I turned their pages so they could breathe
get some fresh air.
“Every week I reorganized
on their shelves so they could meet new
. My books were HAPPY books. You could tell
by looking at them. Now they’re all back
the library, on the lower shelves, on the
, at the mercy of all those runny-nosed kids.
can hear them calling me! I need to
them. Excuse me. I have to go now.”