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After Approximately 70 Years, An Overdue Book Was Returned To The Michigan Library.
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After Approximately 70 Years, An Overdue Book Was Returned To The Michigan Library.

A long-overdue book arrived in the mail for a Michigan library, along with a letter from the woman who checked it out in the 1940s.

According to a Facebook post by the Ann Arbor District Library, a copy of Social Studies in the Public Schools of Ann Arbor, Michigan Grades Three to Six was returned via mail after being approximately 70 years overdue.

Mary Rowland Fischer, an art teacher at Tappan Middle School and Northside Elementary in Ann Arbor until her retirement in 1966, checked out the book.

Fischer's daughter-in-law, Kari Magill, returned the book to the library with a letter explaining why it was overdue.

"Please accept this (rather late) overdue book return. Apparently Mary Rowland overlooked the due date; she was a local teacher preparing to start a family at the time. Perhaps you might consider waiving the fine, as Mary died in 1967?" Magill wrote.

In a Facebook post, the library confirmed that it would not attempt to collect any fines for the late return.
2 Comments
  • Vetmike
    • Vetmike
    • 28 Jun, 2021

    The Library won't collect any fines but they will help her register to vote

  • VetFred
    • VetFred
    • 29 Jun, 2021

    No, they'll destroy the book because it told the truth about American history to the children. We just can't have that, especially in Michigan!

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