Record due in 1989 finally returned to Burlington library

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) An old opera record checked out of a Burlington library 29 years ago has finally been returned.

We told you last week about the amnesty program at the Fletcher Free Library. They're temporarily waiving late fees for overdue items.

A woman who saw our story took advantage of the program Friday morning. She recently moved into a home in Burlington and found a copy of "Porgy and Bess," an opera written by American composer George Gershwin.

The library says the record doesn't have much value but they took it back and did not fine the woman. Library Director Mary Danko says she's happy the amnesty program is producing results.

"I think it showed that the message was getting out there, which is important for us because we want people to come back to the library. And it showed us and the staff here that there are items out there and when they come back, it means there's opportunities for people to start using the library again," Danko said.

The amnesty program ends Monday.