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Decades later, western Michigan library gets book back

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A book has been returned to a library in western Michigan - 49 years later.

The borrower told the library that he was a college student in 1967 when he checked out a book about World War II from the Herrick library in Holland.

He wrote in a letter that the book was stored in a trunk that hadn't been opened until recently. He also provided a donation with his letter.

Library director Diane Kooiker declined to identify the book, the man's name or the amount of money given to the library.

In his letter to the library, the man described it as a "modest donation" to cover what could be a "tremendous fine."

Kooiker tells The Grand Rapids Press that honest people sometimes can misplace a book.

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