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Butte County Library Offers Fee Amnesty in September

Monday, August 27, 2018/Categories: News and Announcements

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2018
Media Contact: Callie Lutz, 530.552.3320

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The Butte County Library is offering community members fee amnesty this September in honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Throughout the month, library cardholders with outstanding library fees/fines and unreturned items can visit their local Butte County Library branch to have outstanding fines forgiven. 

Currently, there are more than 3,300 Butte County Library cardholders with blocked accounts because they have more than $10 in fines for unreturned items, and nearly 30 percent of these blocked accounts are young people under the age of 18. 

“Libraries offer so many resources to the public in addition to checking out books, including special events, activities like the makerspace and summer reading program, adult classes and homework and literacy resources,” said Melanie Lightbody, Butte County Librarian. “We hope that through this amnesty program, people will once again be able to utilize Library materials and programs, especially young people.”

How to Participate

There are several ways in which community members can participate in Butte County Library Amnesty Month:

  • If you have overdue Library materials at home, please bring them back in.
  • Community members interested in having their fines/fees waived should visit any Butte County Library branch in the month of September to meet with staff and review their account.
  • Patrons can also bring in similar items to any lost or damaged materials and Library staff will assess the item to see if it can replace the lost/damaged materials.

Throughout September, the Library expects to waive $600 - $1,300 in fines, and receive up to 200 unreturned or replaced items. Similar amnesty programs in California have helped bring community members back into libraries and replenished materials that were previously no longer available.

For more information about Library Fine Amnesty Month, call or visit a Butte County Library branch, or visit the Library’s Fine Amnesty Month web page.  

 

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