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Library Waives $2,800 Fine For Book Due In 1938

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A man returned an overdue library book checked out since the Great Depression to a Massachusetts public library on Thursday.

The man mysteriously returned a book called “The Young Lady at Home” by T.S. Arthur to Attleboro Public Library. The due date stamped on the book read Nov. 21, 1938, reported the Associated Press.

The late fees for the book would amount to approximately $2,800, considering the library’s 10 cents per day fine for late books.

“It’s an indefinite mystery,” Kate Redfearn, the library’s circulation supervisor, said Thursday to The Sun Chronicle. Considering there were no digital records when the book was checked out, it is nearly impossible to know the book’s past.

“Earlier this week a book was returned to us… that was due in 1938! #TBT,” posted the Attleboro Public Library to Facebook Thursday. This is a perfect post for the popular “Throwback Thursday” hashtag used in the post.

The man was allegedly cleaning out his friend’s basement when he came across the book. Hw returned the book despite the book being in terrible condition and cannot go back into circulation, Amy Rhilinger, the library deputy director, told WPRI-TV.

Rhilinger was delighted the gentleman did the right thing and returned that book, she told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Luckily, the library will look the other way on this one and not fine the man.

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