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Better Late Than Never! Librarians Stunned To Receive Book Checked Out 47 Yrs Ago.

library receives book that was checked out in 1975.

We all forget things sometimes, but 47 years is a long time for something to slip your mind!

Librarians at the Lake Elmo Library in Minnesota recently received a package that both surprised and delighted them. It was a copy of “Chilton’s Foreign Car Repair Manual” that had last been seen in their collection in the 1970s. Inside the book was a note, written anonymously, apologizing for returning the book a whopping 47 years past its due date.

“In the mid-1970s, I was living in [Lake Elmo] and was working on an old Mercedes Benz,” the note explained. “I took out this book for reference. A few months later I moved and apparently the book got packed up in the move. Forty-seven years later I found it … in a trunk with other interesting things from the ’70s. It’s a little overdue but I thought you might want it back.”

The borrower even included a donation for late fees, but the library no longer charges any late fees, so they’re off the hook!

This story is a great example of the saying, “better late than never!”

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