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

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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Michel Martin is the weekend host of All Things Considered, where she draws on her deep reporting and interviewing experience to dig in to the week's news. Outside the studio, she has also hosted "Michel Martin: Going There," an ambitious live event series in collaboration with Member Stations.