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article imageLibrary book returned 99 years late

By Sandy Sand     Dec 17, 2009 in Lifestyle
It’s not out of the ordinary for a library book to be returned late and fines paid, but when a book is returned 99 years after it was borrowed, it can cause quite a stir.
Stanley Dudek of New Bedford, Massachusetts, returned a book for his errant mother 99 years after she checked it out.
The book, "Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country," was discovered by Dudek as he was going through some of his mother’s belongings. She died 10 years ago.
The book should have been returned to the New Bedford Public Library by May 10, 1910.
At that time the fine for overdue books was a penny a day, and in the intervening years racked up $361.35 in fines.
Dudek said that returning the book was “the right thing to do,” and library official declined to charge him the overdue fees.
Instead, they will place the antique book on display in its special collection section.
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