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Better late than never: Man returns library book nearly 50 years later

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HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — 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 title of the book or the man's name, citing privacy. She said he sent $100.

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

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