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Book returned to Canadian library was 48 years overdue

Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A Canadian library said a book recently returned to a drop box turned out to be nearly 50 years overdue.

The Winnipeg Public Library said in a Facebook post that the book, Baseball by Daniel E. Jessee, was returned via the drop box at the St. James-Assiniboia branch.

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The card inside the book revealed it had been due back June 18, 1974 -- 48 years before it was returned.

Stephanie George, the head librarian for the branch, said it was not the library's first encounter with long-overdue items.

"I've been at the branch for three years, and it has happened three times," George told told CTV News. "While I've been here, we had a very late magazine returned during the height of COVID. And before that, it was another book called Sarah Binks."

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The Winnipeg Public Library system eliminated late fees last year, so no fines will be levied in the case of the long-overdue book.

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