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Overdue Library Book Returned 52 Years Late in Connecticut

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The library isn't sure who returned the overdue book 52 years later. (Facebook/West Hartford Libraries)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 05:37 PM

An overdue library book has been returned to the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, Connecticut, 52 years after being checked out.

The book, “Who Has Seen the Wind” by W.O. Mitchell, was returned with a note that said, “Returning this book to you after too many years. Sorry it has taken so long.” The library posted a picture of the weather-beaten book with an attached sticky note to its Facebook page, where it went viral.

It is not clear to library staff who returned the book after so many years. 

Current fines for overdue books at the library are 15 cents a day, but library staff said it doesn’t plan to fine the person who returned it, Fox News reported.

Library director Martha Church told ABC News she hasn’t read the book, but plans to now. It is a coming-of-age story set in Saskatchewan, and a movie was made from it in the 1970s.

According to ABC, Church said she was happy for the book’s return because “the idea you’re going to bring it back and give it back to the rightful owners of West Hartford so it can be enjoyed again and again is wonderful.”

Twitter fans used their math skills to calculate the amount that could be owed, although they differed on the answer.

They also made Seinfeld references.

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