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Someone returned a library book nearly 80 years after due date

Someone finally returned a library book nearly 80 years after the due date to the Attleboro Public Library in Massachusetts. Sean Dowling ( has more.

"Who has Seen the Wind," by W.O. Mitchell, borrowed in 1965 from the West Hartford (CT) Public Library, returned after 52 years

A long overdue library book has finally made its way back home. The book, "Who has Seen the Wind," by W. Mitchell was borrowed in 1965 from the West Hartford Public Library. Now, after 52 years, it's back in the hands of the library.

A Brooklyn native checked out “Gone With the Wind” in 1959. After cross-country moves and raising four children, she returned the book to an amused and thankful branch in 2016.

A Brooklyn native checked out “Gone With the Wind” in After cross-country moves and raising four children, she returned the book to an amused and thankful branch.

In 1886, Arthur Boycott borrowed a copy of Dr William B Carpenter's The Microscope and its Revelations from Hereford Library. His granddaughter, just returned it--120 years late--and the £7,446 late fine was waived!

In Arthur Boycott borrowed a copy of Dr William B Carpenter's The Microscope and its Revelations from Hereford Library. His granddaughter, just returned years late--and the late fine was waived!

From April 1989 American Libraries, via ALA Archives

From April 1989 American Libraries, via ALA Archives

Welcome to the tiebrary, a collection of ties the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia loans out for job interviews.

What to Wear for a Teenage Job Interview - All throughout the middle and the high school years, most of the teenagers are always seeking different ways of having ultimate fun, trying new stuff .

Back in 1976, this reader was a fan of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  The books were returned, anonymously, to the Capital District Library, Lansing, MI 40 years later

Back in this reader was a fan of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The books were returned, anonymously, to the Capital District Library, Lansing, MI 40 years later

When going to the library the rules are the same for everyone. After 60 years, the errant borrower paid $436.44 to the Linton (IN) Public Library and returned "The Moths of Limberlost."

When going to the library the rules are the same for everyone.

The Indianapolis Public Library Spades Park Branch was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was completed in 1912.

Spades Park Branch of Indianapolis Public Library - an original Carnegie library

The Indianapolis Public Library East Washington Branch was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was completed in 1911.

The Indianapolis Public Library East Washington Branch was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Carnegie Library, Paxton, IL, established in 1903. http://paxtonlibrary.blogspot.com/

Carnegie Library, Paxton, IL, established in 1903. http://paxtonlibrary.blogspot.com/

Check out a chemistry or physics kit complete with lesson plan and equipment in Pittsburgh

Lending libraries offering science equipment have been created in the Pittsburgh region to help level the playing field between poorer school districts and .