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Library Book Overdue for 61 Years

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Seems like we haven't had an overdue story in ages... The Wait Is Over: A public library book issued in 1945 has racked up an overdue fees bill for $6,114 _ but the book's borrower has had the fine waived.

"The Punch Library of Humour," borrowed from Rotorua Public Library 61 years ago, was recently found among family belongings in a house attic in the central North Island tourist city.

A building inspector recognized the significance of the book and, using the list of strict borrowing rules pasted to the front cover, calculated what was owed in overdue fines.

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We were overdue for an overdues story?

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