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BET­TER late than never —a

Louisiana man re­turned a li­brary book that was checked out more than 84 years ago!

The un­named Shreve­port res­i­dent dis­cov­ered the lost trea­sure — the po­etry book “Spoon River An­thol­ogy” by Edgar Lee Mas­ters — while house­clean­ing and found its check-out card still in­side, stamped with a due date of April 14, 1934! The book had been “out” since Franklin D. Roo­sevelt was in his first term as pres­i­dent, gas was 10 cents a gal­lon, and Bon­nie and Clyde were rob­bing banks!

Though the Shreve Memo­rial Li­brary card car­ried a male name, the pa­tron be­lieves the vol­ume was bor­rowed by his mom when she was 11 years old. Ac­cord­ing to rules listed in the bat­tered book, a five-cent fine was in­curred for each day it was over­due — mean­ing the tardy tome racked up a tab of $1,542.55!

But the li­brary, which still charges the same rate, now caps penal­ties at $3. How­ever, a spokes­woman said the fa­cil­ity waived the bill for this spe­cial case. Li­brar­ian Jackie Mo­rales ad­mit­ted she was “pleas­antly sur­prised” when the book showed up. “We might put it on dis­play be­cause there’s so much in­ter­est,” she said, “and to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­turn their books.” Though the city’s li­brary sys­tem was founded in 1923, Jackie said most long-over­due items re­turned are two or three years late, mak­ing this home­com­ing one for the record books — and putting it at the top of this week’s Odd List!

The due date was stamped as April 14, 1934! Shreve Memo­rial Li­brary in Louisiana The cover of “Spoon River An­thol­ogy” by Edgar LeeMas­ters The pa­tron’s son found the book while house­clean­ing Roo­sevelt wasprez in ’34

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