Library patron returns 49-year overdue book

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Library Patron Returns 49-Year Overdue Book

Librarians are no doubt used to handling the late returns of books, but one in particular came as quite a surprise to staff at Holland, Michigan's Herrick District Library.

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The publication was 49 years overdue.

A note of explanation and apology was sent in along with the book.

It read, "I was a student at Hope College in 1967. I must have been doing a paper or some research on World War II as I checked out the enclosed book. Somewhere along the way it got mixed up with my personal things and put into a trunk...I have moved the trunk many times but until recently never opened it. Upon doing so, I found your book."

The patron also included a donation to cover the likely 'tremendous fine.'

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