In March of 1984, a local man named Thomas MacEwan caused quite a stir when Cleveland Heights police recovered more than 1,300 library books from his three-bedroom home on Montford Road. An unemployed insurance man, Mr. MacEwan, who was 55 at the time, appeared before a Cleveland Heights Municipal Judge after being apprehended while leaving the Noble branch with books that he had not checked out.

Upon learning that he might have more volumes in his home, police obtained a warrant to search his residence. Most of the books recovered in his home belonged to the Cleveland Heights system, but there were between 3,000 and 4,000 volumes total “on bookshelves, in bookcases, piled chest-high on the floor, and even in the bathtub.” A lot of the recovered books focused on cooking and gourmet food. When asked why he never checked out the books, MacEwan replied, “I never got a library card.”

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