April's the month for fine forgiveness

Every April, the Fond du Lac Public Library buzzes with activity. April is the time to celebrate National Library Week (April 10-16) and Money Smart Week (April 23-30). It’s a time for programming, learning and having fun. At the Fond du Lac Public Library, it’s also a time for fine forgiveness.

All April long, the library will be offering Food for Fines: the library will waive $1 in fines for each donation of a nonperishable food item.

In addition, Extinguish Your Fines will be celebrated all day Friday, April 15. Any materials returned – April 15 only – will not be charged an overdue fee. This will be true if the item is one day overdue or 50 years overdue: the library simply wants materials back, no questions asked.

Extinguish Your Fines is made possible by $2,000 donations each from Fond du Lac Firefighters Local 400 Charitable Fund and Ahern.

Also on April 15, kids are invited to visit with firefighters and see a fire truck at the downtown Main Library from 1-3 p.m. Library mascot Browser will be on hand as well.

“Thanks to the generosity of the firefighters’ union and the Ahern company, we’re able to extend this amazing offer to our patrons,” said Director Jon Mark Bolthouse. “We hope people take advantage and bring back those books, movies, CDs that have been lying around for a while. We’re excited that this special day lets people wipe the slate clean and allows them to come back as regular library users.”

Food for Fines, all April long, will forgive $1 on any money owed to the library for every nonperishable food item donated. Only food with expiration dates after June 1, 2016, will be accepted, and some less-expensive foods, such as ramen, will be credited at 25 cents each. Food for Fines donations are good for any money owed to the library, no restrictions. The collected food will be donated to Fond du Lac food pantries.

National Library Week has been celebrated across the country since 1958, when it was started by the American Library Association over concerns that people were spending too much time with radio and television. Over the years, it evolved into a celebration of the contributions made to the country by all libraries – public, school and academic.

Money Smart Week Wisconsin is an initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. The one-week campaign promotes the importance of financial literacy and provides hundreds of financial education events and courses. The full list of Money Smart Week programs in Fond du Lac is available at www.fdlpl.org/MSW.

Food for Fines donations and Extinguish Your Fines materials will be accepted at both library locations: Main Library, 32 Sheboygan St., and FDLPL Express, near Festival Foods.

The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. For more information, visit www.fdlpl.org.


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