Overdue book returned to Toronto library after 43 years

A Toronto library said a children’s poetry book is back in circulation after being returned 43 years after its due date.

Toronto Public Library officials said Nicholas Knock and Other People, a book of poetry by Dennis Lee, was returned to the Danforth-Coxwell branch this month after being checked out in October 1978.

“While it’s not usual to hold on to a book for quite that long, we always welcome library books back,” library spokeswoman Michelle Leung told Narcity.

Leung said the borrower will not face overdue fines.

“Earlier this year, we announced that we are eliminating kids’ overdue fines in a move to remove barriers to library access,” she said.

Leung said other borrowers also are exempt from overdue fines, as the Toronto Public Library put a moratorium on fees amid the COVID-19 pandemic.