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Library Offers Rare Chance To Return Overdue Books Without Being Fined

The Los Angeles County Library is offering borrowers a chance to return overdue library materials and clear their library accounts.

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Now is the time to clean out your closet and return those long overdue books, DVDs, magazines and library materials during the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Fine-Free Week campaign.

The Library’s Fine-Free Week begins August 11 and continues through August 17, 2008.

The County Library is holding the Fine-Free Week to allow patrons to return books, DVDs, magazines and other library materials without paying a fine. “The purpose of fine free days is to encourage borrowers to return library property, and receive a fresh start,” stated County Librarian, Margaret Donnellan Todd. “We want to ensure that children and families can read and use the library,” adds Todd.

In addition, library patrons who have already returned their library materials, but still have unpaid fines on record, can visit any of the County Library’s 84 locations to receive a 50% reduction on fines owed if paid in full during this week. Charges for lost or damaged materials will not be waived.

The purpose of Fine-Free Week is to promote the return of needed library materials, heighten awareness of the importance of reading and literacy and encourage families to use the County Library.

The County Library’s Fine-Free Week will end 5:00 p.m. on August 17.