Library to forgive fines for returned material

COVID is responsible for wiping something out yet again.

But this time, the news is not so bad.

In order to help some people into a better year, Warren Public Library is forgiving outstanding patron fines for those who return all their materials.

“2020 has been a tough year,” Director Kelli Knapp said. “We at the Warren Public Library want to help in whatever way we can to get 2021 off to a better start.”

“One small way we can do this is by forgiving your library fines,” Knapp said. “As a way of thanking those who continue to support the library by using our resources, we want to invite you back with a blank slate.”

Technically, that invitation comes with some other limitations at the moment.

“This is our way to help a bit during this difficult time and to invite people back to use our services – in whatever way we are able to provide them these days,” she said.

Due to COVID-19, the library is open on a limited basis.

Other than the return slot, the services of the library are by-appointment-only.

Browsing, computers, and use of reference materials require appointments and are available only at certain times throughout the week.

Details and appointments are available by calling 723-4650.

Regardless of how long the restrictions are in place, the library is moving forward.

“2021 is going to be an exciting year at the library, even as we continue to face the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic as a community,” Knapp said.

“Before the library had to close its doors in March, our staff was working tirelessly on a fundraiser to improve our library. Due to overwhelming community support, as well as being awarded a Keystone Grant, the library will be moving forward with a renovation to add much-needed improvements to the building, as well as the addition of a brand new space for our teens.”

“We could not improve our resources without the support of patrons like you, so thank you,” she said. “We hope you will continue to come and visit the library and check out materials.”

“Your fines are gone, so visit again soon,” she said.


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