Police Seek Overdue Library Books From 4-Year-Old

05/14/2012 11:11 AM ET

Last Thursday police in Pennsylvania, were called by the Freeport Area Library to collect four overdue books from a 4-year-old who had not returned them since the Oct. 19, 2011 due date. Before they knew it, two police officers were knocking on the door.

According to the library, they made several attempts at notifying the family of the child that the books needed to be returned, but never succeeded in getting them back, so they called police.

“I did turn the file over to the police department,” said Donna Michael, President of the Freeport Area Library Board. “It’s a rare incident, but it does occur.”

When police arrived at the Jageman’s residence, the books were still in the possession of 4-year-old Katelyn. Kateylyn’s mom Erica turned over the books to the police and then paid a $81.60 fine that had accumulated for the overdue books and apologized to the library.

Michaels explained that, because they receive no federal funding, financial resources for the library were very tight, and they could not afford for people not to return the books.

“We’re here to serve the community and we try to do it as best we can, and all we really want is to have our library materials returned,” said Michael.

The books that had been checked out by Katelyn where, “Sleeping Beauty,” “Corduroy’s Halloween,” “Dora The Explorer: The Halloween Cat” and “I See The Moon.”

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