The son, who has not been named, returned the book Sunday with a note indicating the family found it while cleaning his mother’s house.
“We thought that the title was appropriately spooky to turn up again after all this time right around Halloween,” the library posted in a comment on Facebook.
The library said the book is in pretty rough shape, not worth much and has been decommissioned. The library said a book and audiobook version of it are available. Still, because of the attention the book has received since being returned, officials have nicknamed it “celebrity” and have plans for it.
$3, the maximum charge for overdue books, and that was waived.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.