38 YEARS LATE

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Talk about a long read. The li­brary in St. Al­bert, Alta., says over the hol­i­days, some­body re­turned a late book — make that a few decades late. The book was Lucy Maud Mont­gomery’s “Anne’s House of Dreams,” and the last due date stamped on it was for Nov. 25, 1977. Ap­par­ently, a fam­ily found the book while clear­ing out their mother’s house. Li­brary spokesman Peter Bai­ley says at the cur­rent over­due rate of 15 cents per day the book is over­due, the late fees would add up to about $20,000. But he says the li­brary gave the fam­ily a break, and only charged them the max­i­mum late fee of $5.

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