October 12, 2013 11:31:38 PM
You know the feeling: you've got a library book that somehow slipped between the cracks. You've had it so long now you're ashamed to take it back.
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System is offering amnesty Oct. 17-19. Patrons of Columbus, Caledonia, Artesia and Crawford libraries will be able to return late books and media free of charge and can clear their library accounts during the library's Fine-Free Weekend.
"The purpose of the Fine-Free Weekend is to encourage borrowers to return library materials and also receive a fresh start. Now is the time to look for all those misplaced library books or other materials and return them with no fine," said Circulation Coordinator Wil'Lani Turner. "If people have stayed away because of overdue books or fines, now is the chance to come back," said Turner.
Books and media must be returned at the library system's main Columbus branch at 314 Seventh St. N. in order to receive full credit. The fine-free provision applies to items that are currently checked out. The library cannot forgive preexisting fines on any account or fees for any lost or damaged items. Also, any charges accrued from libraries outside of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, or referral fees, cannot be waived.
Library Director Erin Stringer said, "The purpose of the Fine-Free Weekend is to encourage the return of much-needed library materials, increase awareness in the community about the importance of literacy and reading, and also to encourage families to use their local library."
For additional information, visit the library website at lowndeslibrary.org or call Turner at 662-329-5300. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.