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We are declaring a Library Amnesty Weekend

Piles of booksDo you have library materials that are overdue? Well - gather them up and head over to the library on Saturday, October 4, or Sunday, October 5 because you may be eligible for having your late fees waived.

So how do those stacks of overdue materials next to your television become eligible? They need to meet the following requirements*:

1) Be overdue
2) Still be in good condition, so other patrons can check them out
3) Must be returned to one of the hometown libraries on October 4 or October 5, 2008.

See it's easy!

Why is Pioneer Library System offering this Amnesty Weekend?  Because we are taking steps to retrieve our lost and missing materials.

“Our public libraries are supported by the tax-payers of Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie counties,” says Anne Masters, Director of the Pioneer Library System.  “We take our role as responsible stewards of the public trust very seriously. Part of that stewardship is the obligation to protect, maintain, and account for the materials in our care. Our goal is keeping our library materials in circulation and available to customers.”

So PLS has employed Unique National Collections, a collection agency that specializes in library accounts, to help collect long-overdue materials and debts. "Long overdue" means that the library has been trying to retrieve the materials or settle the account for more than 60 days.  The collection agency will begin contacting delinquent library card-holders on October 15 in Pioneer's trial implementation of the service.

*Note: Library Amnesty Weekend does not cover existing fines for items previously returned, copy charges, or other library indebtedness.

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