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Florida Librarians Invent Fake Patron to Save Books from Being Dumped

5 January 2017 12:16 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chuck Finley isn’t who you think he is.

The real Chuck Finely is a retired Mlb pitcher (left-handed), who was active from 1986-2002, primarily as a “dependable” — according to Wikipedia — thrower for the Angels.

But there’s another Chuck Finley, in Sorrento, Florida. This one is an insatiable reader, checking out 2,361 books at the East Lake County Library over a nine-month period. He’s also totally made up.

The fictional Finley’s reading list — consisting of titles ranging from John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row to Ann Fullick’s Why Do My Ears Pop? — was the concoction of George Dore, »

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