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Woman returns book borrowed from library after 68 years and pays no fine

The library did not charge a penny as fine but accepted her heartfelt apology.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: April 29, 2016 5:24:30 pm
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After traveling for 68 years, Myths and Legends of Maoriland by A.W Reed, has found its way back to the shelves of Epsom Community Library, a local library of Auckland. The woman who had taken the book in 1948 decided to come back and return it, the library announced on its Facebook page.

The woman, a child then, was due to return the book on December 17, 1948 but she moved out of the country and had been meaning to return every since. “She has only recently been able to come back visiting other family and so was finally able to bring the book back. I thought it was fantastic she had brought it back for us,” librarian Zoe Cornelius told NZ Herald.

The book was in a good readable condition, in fact, Cornelius said that the woman read the book several times in 68 years and always thought of returning.

Interestingly, the library did not charge a penny as fine but accepted her heartfelt apology and were happy to have the book back.

Though, if the woman had to pay the fine, the book would have cost her $24,604 given the was a penny a day.

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