A box of records may have set a record as the longest checked-out items from the Annawan Alba Township Library.

A box of records may have set a record as the longest checked-out items from the Annawan Alba Township Library.

Recently, a case of albums from the 1960s and 1970s made their way back to the library.

Library director Michele Thurston said she received a phone call from Deputy Chief Jon Stratton, with the Plainfield Fire District.

“He said he found something that belonged to the library,” said Thurston.

Occasionally, the Plainfield Fire District acquires old vehicles to use in their drills and practices.

While emptying one of the vehicles, the firefighters discovered a brown leather case containing 15 Christmas albums.

Stratton discovered the Annawan Alba Township Library name on a card pocket with the albums and contacted the library.

“He was determined about returning the albums back to the library. He just couldn’t throw them away,” said Thurston.

Stratton made the drive from Plainfield to Annawan to personally present the records to the library.

“I’ve been at the library for 15 years, and we haven’t had record albums in circulation since I have been here,” said Thurston.

She said she’s unsure if the albums were checked out and never returned, or if they had been discarded by the library and acquired by an individual.

“Our holdings were not online, so it’s hard to say what happened to them or how they ended up there. Hopefully they were discarded and not checked out and overdue,” she noted.

The albums and their case are now on display at the Annawan Alba Township Library.