Prolific page turner, 91, borrows 25,000th library book (with no overdue fines)
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:43 PM on 29th July 2009
An avid reader is on the brink of borrowing her 25,000th library book – without a single fine to her name.
Louise Brown is 91 and partially sighted but that doesn't stop her reading at least a dozen books a week.
Library staff at Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway, reckon the pensioner's epic haul over 60 years could earn her a place in the record books.
Welsh-born Mrs Brown borrows mainly large print books and has nearly worked her way through all the ones available.
Title holder: Louise Brown picks her week's books with Stranraer library assistant Letitia Colvin
She first joined the library in nearby Castle Douglas in 1946 when she moved there after getting married.
Seven years ago she moved to Stranraer to live with her daughter and has been regulary borrowing books from the library there ever since.
Staff have now asked other libraries to contact them if they know of a reader who has borrowed more books than Mrs Brown.
Widow Mrs Brown said: 'My parents were great readers and I've always loved books. I started reading when I was five and have never stopped. I like anything I can get my hands on.'
Library staff at Stranraer (pictured) reckon the pensioner's epic haul could earn her a place in the record books
Her favourites are family sagas, historical novels and war stories.
'But I also like Mills and Boon for light reading at night,' she said.
Her daughter, Louise Pride, said: 'She has aids to help her sight and usually borrows large print books. But the trouble is she has read nearly all of them in the local library.'
She added: 'My mum still finds time to ready a newspaper every day and to watch TV. She like to keep up with current affairs.'
Janice Goldie, of Dumfries and Galloway Libraries, said: 'We are amazed at Mrs Brown's achievements. When she first joined the library service she was allowed to borrow six books a week. This has now risen to 12 and she always takes her full quota.'
She added; 'Although she has borrowed nearly 25,000 books, she has never once had to pay an overdue charge.
'The staff at Stranraer Library think she's a remarkable lady and look forward to her weekly visits. They would like to know if anyone can beat her reading record