The Beatles recording returned to the San Antonio library 44 years late

A vintage recording of the Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney on cassette was found in the Great Northwest Branch Library cassette.

The recording contained a single 30-minute cassette of legendary British rockers discussing the “magic” of the Beatles, talking “seriously about the drugs they used”. According to the date stamped on the loan card inside, it was 16,140 days late.

Scott Williams, marketing manager of the San Antonio Public Library, said it was impossible to know who returned the recording, which was found in late October. The cassette was so old that its recordings no longer exist in the library’s collection.

When the San Antonio Public Library announced last October that it would eliminate all late fines, the goal was to get people back to the nearly 30 branches across the city.

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It worked: a steady stream of returned out-of-date material arrived. Most items are about a year late. But a handful of treasures have also appeared.

The Beatles recording was borrowed from Westfall Library in 1978. Other notable returns this year were a series of books on chess, one of which was titled ‘How to get the most out of your computer for chess”, borrowed from the Central Library which were 21 years late.

A period recording of John Lennon and Paul McCartney on cassette was recently found in the toolbox of the Westfall Library branch.

Courtesy of the San Antonio Public Library

A vinyl record “I, Juan de Pareja” by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino was also recently returned to the Schaefer Branch Library. It was marked due in 1974.

“I don’t want to speculate too much, but I think there’s probably at least a feeling in the community that without the threat of late fines, if you’ve had a book that’s been on the shelf for a long time, now is the time to return it,” Williams said. . “You will no longer be slapped with a fine. You definitely won’t have your account suspended. There are no longer these barriers to using the library and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

Notable returns this year were a series of books on chess, one of which was titled

Among the notable returns this year were a series of chess books, one of which was titled “How to Get the Most Out of Your Chess Computer,” pulled from the Central Library that was 21 years late .

Courtesy of the San Antonio Public Library

Prior to the policy change, San Antonio Public Libraries had been charging overdue fines. SAPL charged 35 cents a day up to a maximum of $10 per item per adult in overdue fines. Underage items used to cost 15 cents a day up to $6 per item, but those fines were eliminated as part of a pilot program in 2019.

After 21 days, a book would be considered lost and a replacement fee would be charged. Last September, the Express-News reported that the largest outstanding fine was $451.

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Users can still be charged for lost or damaged materials, and anyone owed $50 or more can’t check the materials. However, users can restore their lending privileges by signing up for a payment plan.

Beginning with Nashville in 2017, libraries across the country began waiving late fees. Dallas followed two years later. In 2019, San Antonio waived late fees on items classified as “juvenile” or “young adult”.

The halt in fines for children and teenagers resulted in a 67 percent reduction in youth library cards that had been blocked, Express-News reported at the time.

A vinyl record

A vinyl record “I, Juan de Pareja” by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino was also recently returned to the Schaefer Branch Library. It was marked due in 1974.

Courtesy of the San Antonio Public Library

As expected, little has changed since the library eliminated the late fines, Williams said.

Some feared that eliminating late fines would lead to fewer book returns or that people would not take the program seriously because there would be no consequences for keeping a book past its return date, he said. stated Williams. The San Antonio Public Library has not experienced an increase in wait times or wait times for items. People are still returning library items on time.

Surprisingly little else is known about the Beatles recording, chess books or vinyl record, Williams said.

According to the Beatles’ description of the recording, Lennon and McCartney discuss the “single thing” that contributed to the band’s success and what they did to “quit using hard drugs” and what their plans were “for future use”.

“The two young men who do the composition and main lyrics for the group speak loudly, funny and often at the same time,” according to the description.

The Beatles recording will be offered to the Genealogy and Texan Department of the Central Library. If the department determines it, it will be added to the collection. Otherwise, it will be destroyed.

timothy.fanning@express-news.net

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