The Champaign County Library in western Ohio can finally put “The Real Book About Snakes” back on its shelves as Jane Sherman’s book has been returned 41 years after it was taken out.
An unidentified person shipped the book, which reportedly was supposed to be returned on July 17, 1972, back to the library and included nearly $300 in cash to cover late fees.
The library also received a handwritten note that read:
“To Champaign County Library,
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Sorry I’ve kept this book for so long, but I’m a really slow reader! I’ve enclosed my fine of $299.30 (41 years, 2 cents a day). Once again, my apologies.”
The library shared the news of the book return on its Facebook page.
“It’s never too late to return those overdue items,” a representative for the library explained.
Apparently this isn’t the first extremely overdue book to be returned to a library recently.
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David Black checked out a book on Spanish artist Goya at an Edinburgh, Scotland, library back in 1962. More than 50 years later, he decided it was time to return the book when he heard the library was waiving fees as part of an amnesty on overdue books.
“When I read about the fines amnesty I decided that I must do it, once and for all, if only to see the librarian’s face,” Black stated earlier this year. “It feels good to have finally returned it after all these years.”