It was due back 28 days later on Nov. 6, 1976.
“This is definitely the coolest thing that has happened to me in a while,” Librarian Melissa Groveman said. “This book came back within two weeks of the 40th anniversary of its due date.”
The fine for being 40 years overdue would be $1,462.90 under the current fine rate of 10 cents per day.
The library does not charge more than $5 for an overdue item. It is going to waive the fee.
"The sender probably paid more than $5 in shipping,” Groveman said.
Megan Cooper, the development manager at Dayton Metro Library, said the distance the book traveled, the years it was out and the fact that a librarian returned it makes this a particularly unique and cute story.
I found this book in my bookshelf where it has been for several years. Now that I finally had time to read this book, I noticed that it is from your library.
My younger brother has been in Dayton as an exchange student in the 1970s and I got this book from him. This is an explanation for return being so late. I know it has been a loan a bit longer than usual but better late than never.
A member of the Finnish Library Association, I feel that I need to return this book and as I do not think that I will have any travel in the Dayton region in the near future, I send this book by post.