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Massachusetts library book returned after 78 years

Attleboro Public Library | Facebook
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A book that was due at the Attleboro Public Library on November 21, 1938, has finally been returned.
By Associated Press, Special to the BDN

ATTLEBORO, Massachusetts — It took nearly 80 years, but a book borrowed during the Great Depression has been returned to a Massachusetts public library.

The Attleboro Public Library posted on its Facebook page Thursday pictures of a copy of “The Young Lady at Home,” by T.S. Arthur. The book was returned this week. The due date stamped at the back of the book? Nov. 21, 1938.

Earlier this week a book was returned to us… that was due in 1938! #TBT

Posted by Attleboro Public Library on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Library deputy director Amy Rhilinger tells WPRI-TV a man had been cleaning out his friend’s basement when he came across the book. She says the library staff thought it was “awesome” the book was returned even though it’s in terrible condition and can’t go back into circulation.

Rhilinger says the library isn’t trying to collect late fees, either. She says they’d amount to almost $2,800.


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