Library book back after decades

Sept. 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

WINONA, Minn., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Minnesota librarian said a book more than 35 years overdue was returned in "Amnesty Week," during which late returns can be made with no fees.

Winona Public Library reference librarian Robin DeVries said "Small Voices: A Grownup's Treasury of Selections from the Diaries, Journals and Notebooks of Young Children" was found in the drop box last week, the Winona Daily News reported Monday.

"We appreciate it," DeVries said. "We really do. We really are thrilled to get (the book) back."

DeVries said officials have no way of determining where the book has been. She said the due date bears a stamp with no year, a style used prior to 1975, and member records were purged in 1987 to make way for a new digital barcode system.

Officials said the fee on the late book could have ranged from $445.80 to more than $1,400.

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