Decades later, Michigan library gets book back

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HOLLAND, Mich. — 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.

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Photo courtesy of Herrick District Library, Holland, Mich.

Sara DeVries, community relations manager for the library, told WGN the donation was for $100.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.