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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 01/ 4/2010

Md. man returns library book -- 73 years late

By Washington Post editors

The Daily Courier has this amusing little tale of a Maryland man who returned a library book -- 73-years later.

Thomas McArdle, who lives in Greenbelt, was 12 years old in 1936 when he borrow a copy of "The Birth of Rome" from the library at Chestnut Street Elementary School.

"I had to write a paper in class and I took out a brand-new book, a novel, written for that age about the story of Rome and how Rome developed from when it was founded by Romulus and Remus. I just fell in love with the book and then I did a nasty thing, I kept the book. I read it about three or four times after that," McArdle told Courier reporter Linda Harkcom.

Read about what prompted McArdle to return the long overdue library book and whether he had to pay a monster fine.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Tags:  library book long overdue, overdue library books  
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