A Story of Book Serendipity in Irving, Texas

Back in December, I had the pleasure of visiting Kinkeade Early Childhood School, when Half Price Books formed a special “Partnership in Education” with them.  As part of the partnership, HPB donated several hundred books to the school library, and will continue to support them throughout the year.

While there, Kristi Betts, the school librarian, told us a fascinating story that really shows the longevity of a paper book.

First, a little history. The school was named after Dr. Henry Kinkeade, one of the founders of Dallas Baptist University, and a longtime minister at First Baptist Church in Irving. Kristi’s parents were married by Dr. Kinkeade, and she attended the church while growing up.  Dr. Kinkeade also married Kristi and her husband.  (She clearly has a long connection to the Kinkeade name!)

While looking through the books donated from our Irving store, Kristi discovered a book of poetry that had been a favorite while she was a child.  Much to her surprise, she noticed a First Baptist Church of Irving stamp on the side.  And when she looked in the back, it still had the library card – she had checked the book out from the library as a child!

Who knows where the book had traveled since Kristi checked out the book back in the early 80s.  Lucky for us, it made its way back to Kristi’s hands and she can share it with the children of Kinkeade for years to come!

Do you have any similar stories about books that have made their way back to you? — Emily

Emily is PR Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

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