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Bristol Public Library Extends Fine Amnesty Week Due to Success

March 09, 2015

The "first time ever" fine and overdue amnesty program done by the Bristol Public Library has been extended through March 17th due to the success of the program. In a partnership with the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, the Library has offered patrons with overdues and fines the opportunity to regain good-standing with the Library and to help the hungry in our community. According to Doris Stickley, Director of Marketing for the BPL, "This partnership has been very successful. The Library, our patrons, and the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry have stepped forward and really helped both organizations and our community. We decided we would just continue the Amnesty for another full week and build on that success."

The amnesty will allow people with overdue library items to return the items along with one can of food per item and their fines will be forgiven. For those with fines already accumulated, bring in one can of food and the BPL will match whatever you pay on your fines. This amnesty does not apply to materials already lost and paid for or to accounts which have been turned over to collection agencies. “We have gotten a good amount of food and hope to get more, and we have had books and DVDs returned we thought we would never see again. Everyone can contribute and everyone works to help Bristol be that good place to live,” said Stickley.

For more information on the amnesty, call 276-645-8780.