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Luckily for the man who returned it, the library waived its maximum $3 fee.

Meghan Overdeep
October 5, 2018

A Louisiana library pushed the old adage “better late than never” to its absolute limit earlier this week.

Shreveport’s Shreve Memorial Library shared on Facebook that a man recently returned a book 84 years past its due date.

“We had a patron return a book to our Main Branch yesterday that his mother checked out in 1934 when she was 11 years old,” the library wrote. “That means the book is only 84 years overdue!”

Better late than never, right? We had a patron return a book to our Main Branch yesterday that his mother checked out in...

Posted by Shreve Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The crumbling book, Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, features a collection of free verse poems written from the viewpoint of a dead person in the imaginary town, the Associated Press reports.

According to a note from a librarian, the book turned up when the man was cleaning out his house. The library said its maximum fine is $3, but luckily for him, that was waived.

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As for the fate of the creepy tome, a library official told the AP that it’s in “pretty rough shape,” and is probably not worth much. It has since been decommissioned, but not before library staff got a chance to revel in how spooky it is that it turned up again right around Halloween.