Son pays $1,552 in the library fines for parents books borrowed in the 1970’s

Twinbrook Library branch in Montgomery County, Md. (Montgomery County Libraries)

A former Maryland resident figures his parents racked up more than $1,500 in fines for never returning the two books that were checked out from the local public library in the middle of the ‘ 70s.

Now Jon Kramer, Minnesota, has made amends, Fox 5 DC reports. He sent the Montgomery Public Libraries a check in the amount of $1,552.30 to cover the institution’s nickel-a-day late fee.

“We’d love to hear your childhood memories of the library, but this is a bit unusual for us.” the library said on Facebook Thursday. The money will be spent on new book purchases.

Kramer’s parents checked out “The New Way of the Wilderness” by Calvin Rutstrum and 365 Meatless main dishes by William Kaufman in 1973 and 1974, the station reported.

He found them in the clean up of his parents ‘ home in Ontario, Canada. They had moved to Minnesota and then Canada after living in Maryland.

“Both books still have the outdated computer keypunch cards in their sleeves, and apparently never to return,” Kramer said in a letter to the library on Thanksgiving. “We apologize for that oversight and hereby endeavor to correct the wrong by paying the accrued extra costs.”

Kramer asked he be allowed to keep the books as a keepsake to the station.

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