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Waaaaaay overdue: Book returned 41 years late!

  • Borrower returns book to library 41 years late, along with note and $299.30 fine
  • 'It's never too late,' says the library's director
Waaaaaay overdue: Book returned 41 years late!

It was an open and shut case for an overdue library book in Champaign County, Ohio. On the 41st anniversary of the due date for "The Real Book About Snakes," the borrower returned it, along with this note:

"To Champaign County Library: Sorry I've kept this book 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."

It's a pretty hefty fine for just one overdue book, but the library's director, Ty Henderson, tells HLN affiliate WDTN that it's a drop in the bucket of the total that's owed in late fines: $280,935 and some change.

"A lot of times when books aren't returned, we end up needing to replace those over the years," Henderson told WDTN.

He also had this message for those still out there with overdue books: "It's never too late to bring your items back to the library."

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