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Better late than never: Spokane Public Library receives "blast from the past"

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane Public Library recently received a "blast from the past" when someone sent the soundtrack from the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" on both an LP record and reel to reel tape back to the library.

"It definitely looks battered on the outside, like it's been well loved," said Eva Silverstone, Communications Manager at the Spokane Library. "When I look at the record, it's not bad; it's in pretty good condition for being out of the library for 40 years."

The record and tape came with a note that read: "Due to a number of factors, the enclosed record and reel were supposed to be returned 40 years ago, and weren't. I sincerely apologize. Here's $20 to cover late fees."

The letter was signed, but the signature is illegible.

The record, tape, letter, and $20 all were packaged together in a pizza box.

"It's important to get materials back, so people can enjoy them, and something like this is timeless...Just because an item is old, doesn't mean it doesn't have value," said Silverstone.

The folks at the library, many long time employees, said they usually receive an old item at least one or two times each year, but that this may have been the most unique return because it let them do a little bit of time travel.

"From the time this movie came out," explained Silverstone, "And here we are, 40 years from when this was borrowed, and now we're in the future from when this was borrowed, so a little time warp happening there."

The items can't go back into circulation because they are so old, but the library will give these items to the Friends of the Library organization. This group will hopefully sell them, and give the money back to the summer reading program at the library.

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