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Kenton Library Offers Amnesty for Fines in April

For the first time in more than a decade, the Kenton County Public Library is offering amnesty of fines during April.  

In celebration of National Library Week and Children’s Book Week, if you have fines on your library card account, visit the Kenton County Public Library and speak to a staff member in April and those fines will be removed. This does not include lost or damaged items, the library said in a news release. This offer is through April 30.

National Library Week is April 7-13, and the library will also celebrate Children's Book Week from April 29-May 5.

“Libraries are evolving and changing daily,” said the library's executive director, Dave Schroeder. “Many people are still of the mindset that it’s a quiet place full of books. While the library still has books, it also offers an array of programs and events for all ages, maker spaces, professional workshops for job seekers, and is an office to those who can work or study remotely.”

“We wanted to remove any barriers that were prohibiting people from using their library. "There are over 157,000 people with a Kenton County Public Library card. Of this, there are 34,864 borrowers with fines greater than $10, which is the limit that prevents them from being able to check items out.”

“April is a great time for spring cleaning. We wanted to provide an option for folks to bring library items back without penalty,” said Schroeder.

The offer is good through April 30 and open to all Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky residents with a Kenton County Public Library card. To learn more, call 859.962.4000 or visit www.kentonlibrary.org for library locations and hours.

-Staff report