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After 60 Years, Entomologist Returns Library's Bug Book

He must really love moths
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2016 3:06 PM CDT
Entomologist Returns Library's Moth Book 60 Years Late
An entomology professor finally returned a book on moths that he checked out from the library 60 years ago.   (Gary Thain/Herald and News via AP, File)

(Newser) – A Purdue University entomology professor has returned a copy of The Moths of the Limberlost that he checked out 60 years ago at age 8, the AP reports. According to Indiana's WTWO-TV, Larry Murdock checked out the book from the Linton Public Library in in 1956. He says he found the book in a box and that returning it "was the right thing to do." He also paid a $436.44 fine. Murdock says the book is about what he loves, "insects and especially moths." The professor says he thought "maybe after all those years there are kids out there who might get some benefit" from the book by late Indiana naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter. Linton library officials say they used the fine money to buy new computers for the children's section. (Read more overdue book stories.)

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