Video: 51 years later, overdue books returned

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    >>> that mountain over our shoulder here is camelback mountain here in phoenix. and a package recently arrived not at all far from here at cam camelback high school . it contained two library books and a money order from $1,000. the books are from a series called "the xmunty of living things." one is about forest and woodland. the other is about field and meadow. both were checked out of the library in 1958 , right before the student moved, along with the books, to a new home in colorado. the package contained a note saying the sender hoped that at a rate of two cents a day for 51 years, they hoped $1,000 who cover all fines and fees.

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updated 11/17/2009 8:08:00 PM ET 2009-11-18T01:08:00

A high school librarian in Phoenix says a former student at the school returned two overdue books checked out 51 years ago along with a $1,000 money order to cover the fines.

Camelback High School librarian Georgette Bordine says the two Audubon Society books checked out in 1959 and the money order were sent by someone who wanted to remain anonymous.

Bordine says the letter explained that the borrower's family moved to another state and the books were mistakenly packed.

The letter said the money order was to cover fines of 2 cents per day for each book. That would total about $745. The letter says the extra money was added in case the rates had changed.

Bordine says the money will buy more books, and the overdue books will be returned to the shelves.

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