A copy of Beowulf was returned to a Pennsylvania library after 54 years It took 54 years, but the Sewickley Public Library in Pennsylvania has its copy of Beowulf back. It was checked out in January 1969. And since the library is fine-free now, there was no charge.

A copy of Beowulf was returned to a Pennsylvania library after 54 years

A copy of Beowulf was returned to a Pennsylvania library after 54 years

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It took 54 years, but the Sewickley Public Library in Pennsylvania has its copy of Beowulf back. It was checked out in January 1969. And since the library is fine-free now, there was no charge.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Michel Martin. It took 54 years, but a library in Pennsylvania has its copy of "Beowulf" back. The Sewickley Public Library says Chauncey Brewster Tinker's classic was checked out in January 1969. At about 5 cents a day for overdue books, it had a run-up of nearly $1,000 in fines. But under the library's old policy, the borrower would have owed what it cost to buy it in the 1920s, 98 cents. And since they're fine-free now, no charge.

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