“It’s never too late to return your books.” That’s what the librarian said when a man in Hancock, Michigan, returned his book to the local library 47 years late.

According to ABC News, Robert Nuranen said his mother had misplaced the copy of Prince of Egypt that was due back at the library by June 2, 1960, when he was in ninth grade. Nuranen says that, in the intervening years, the book would resurface every so often, only to go missing again. When he came across the book last week, he figured he’d better face the music and take the book back:

“I figured I’d better get it in before we waited another 10 years,” he said after turning it in Friday with the $171.32 check. “Fifty-seven years would be embarrassing.”

The ABC News piece is here.

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