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38 years later, overdue library book returned

Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 6:07 am EDT

File photo of an Anne of Green Gables book.

Talk about a long read.

The library in St. Albert, Alta., says over the holidays, somebody returned a late book — make that a few decades late.

The book was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne’s House of Dreams,” and the last due date stamped on it was for Nov. 25, 1977.

Apparently, a family found the book while clearing out their mother’s house.

Library spokesman Peter Bailey says at the current overdue rate of 15 cents per day the book is overdue, the late fees would add up to about $20,000.

But he says the library gave the family a break, and only charged them the maximum late fee of $5.