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27 years later, book returns to Pine Island Library

February 20, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

"It's a small world" has new significance to members of the Pine Island Library staff as of Feb. 9. A long gone book was returned by the man who found it on Chincoteague Island, Va.

The book "Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague" became a part of the juvenile collection at the Pine Island Public Library in September 1986. No one knows when it was removed from the collection, or whether it was withdrawn or simply lost. As most know, there is nothing unusual about this. What is amazing is that this book about Chincoteague Island, that started life on Pine Island, found its way to Chincoteague Island, and then back home to Pine Island.

Chincoteague resident Bob Behr owns a bookstore on Chincoteague Island where he sells used books. He came across this particular copy of "Sea Star" and decided that he should return it to the Pine Island Library. It just so happens that Bob and his family are regular visitors to Pine Island and were already planning a trip here. Bob and his family returned "Sea Star" Feb. 9, 27 years after it started its journey.

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Bob Behr and Tonya Player, Library Associate, Youth Services.

Bob and I decided that if a book can make this back-and-forth journey then we should give it a try. This islander just might take a trip to Chincoteague Island and check it out.

Submitted by Tonya Player, Library Associate, Youth Services



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