The library forgiveth … today only

I’m tardy in getting this up on the blog, but today only Kitsap Regional Library will allow patrons to return overdue books and other materials without charging a fine. The book amnesty day is in honor of the Bainbridge Public Library’s 50th anniversary.

“The goal of the amnesty day is to encourage the return of overdue library materials.” said KRL spokes man Jeff Brody. “Generally speaking, KRL would rather have overdue items returned than have to collect a replacement fee and buy a new item.”

The library will be doing a major computer upgrade in April that will have many advantages for users and staff. In part, said Brody, KRL wants to have its records as clean as possible when the new system goes into action, and eliminating overdue fee notices will help. I’ll have a story on the “integrated library system” in early April.

Here’s the entire press release:

“Fine-Free Day Set to Coincide with 50th Anniversary of Bainbridge Public Library

In honor of the Bainbridge Public Library Building’s 50th Anniversary, all branches of Kitsap Regional Library will offer forgiveness on overdue fines for items returned on Saturday, March 17.

Overdue fines will be waived for any item returned to a KRL branch or the bookmobile that day. Outstanding fines for items returned earlier, fees for lost items or fees assessed on items that have been referred to a collection agency will not be waived.

Because KRL sets $5 as the maximum overdue fine, the maximum savings possible to a library patron would be $5 per item returned.

The goal of the amnesty day is to encourage the return of overdue library materials. Generally speaking, KRL would rather have overdue items returned than have to collect a replacement fee and buy a new item.

In addition to helping the entire system celebrate the Bainbridge Library anniversary, it will also help KRL remove overdue fines from patron accounts prior to transferring our user records to the new Integrated Library System software that will go live April 26.

“As we move to a new Integrated Library System the end of April, we want both our user and collection records to be a clean as possible,” said Carol Schuyler, Director of Support Services. “To be able to combine this with a celebration of our Bainbridge Branch is a wonderful opportunity.”

KRL encourages patrons who have overdue items from the library to search your house for missing library books, magazines, DVDs or CDs so you can bring them in on March 17.

Bainbridge Public Library, the non-profit charitable corporation that owns the Bainbridge Library building, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary March 17 with an all-day open house. Through private donations, BPL raised the money necessary to build the Bainbridge Library building in 1962 and has expanded and maintained that building ever since. The anniversary observance is a celebration of that community spirit and support for reading and libraries.”

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