Michigan couple faces jail time for overdue library books

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TECUMSEH, Mich. — A Michigan couple may be going behind bars, and it's all because they forgot to return a Dr. Seuss book and a novel to their local library.

A judge told Cathy and Melvin Duren that they could land in jail for up to 93 days and face a maximum of $500 in fines for failing to return a novel and a Dr. Seuss book borrowed from their local public library.

Cathy was charged after losing a book from the collection "A Hatful of Seuss" — first taken out under her name in the summer of 2014.

Her husband, Melvin also faces charges after borrowing "The Rome Prophecy" last year and keeping it for eight months before returning it in January.

The couple sent a $55 money order to the prosecutor's office to cover late fees and replacement costs for the lost book, but the family claims the order was refused because they declined to pay the additional $210 in diversion fees to the Lenawee County Prosecutor's Crime Unit. The Durens had to pay a $100 bond to avoid going to jail when they were served with arrest warrants.

Needless to say, the couple has vowed they will never check out a library book again.