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Man returns book his mom checked out 84 years ago; library waives fees

A Louisiana library has been reunited with a book missing from its shelf for more than eight decades.

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In a Facebook post this week, Shreve Memorial Library shared the unique story.

“Better late than never, right?” the post began. “We had a patron return a book to our Main Branch [on Monday] that his mother checked out in 1934 when she was 11 years old. That means the book is only 84 years overdue! The book is ‘Spoon River Anthology’ by Edgar Lee Masters.”

The library’s assistant manager said the records from that era are long gone and any fees that might be due were waived.

“I hope this encourages other people to return their items,” said Jackie Morales. “It’s never too late to return your library books.”

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