Overdue fines amnesty for kids

Amnesty puts ‘free’ in Rutland Free Library

On Friday, Aug. 23, Rutland Free Library will be hosting a back-to-school celebration to wind up the Summer Reading Club, from 3-4 PM in the Fox Room. There will be school swag, library card sign-up, ice cream sundaes & popsicles, lunch bag art, guest readers from the police and school system. And just for the day, from 10 AM to 5 PM, kids can return lost or overdue library books and have any fines forgiven!

To qualify, overdue items must be brought to the Library circulation desk (no book drop please!). Regardless of age or condition of the item, fines will be forgiven on anything borrowed on a child’s card.

“The amnesty is part of our commitment to get library cards into the hands of every child in all of the five towns we serve,” said Director Randal Smathers. “We understand that overdue fines can prevent kids from using the library and we want them to come back. An overdue item shouldn’t stand between a child and the important services the Library offers.”

The person with the book returned in good condition and overdue the longest will win a prize!

Users of any age can get up to $3 credit toward fines (or future fines), $1 for each nonperishable food item they bring in that day as well. All items will be donated to BROC Community Food Shelves in Rutland.

Rutland Free Library serves residents of Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Tinmouth, and Ira. It has been in continuous service since 1886, when it was formed by a group of local women led by poet Julia Dorr, and at its current site at 10 Court St. since 1935.