Fine Amnesty runs first two weeks of September

For library patrons who have accumulated long overdue fines, paying the total amount can be overwhelming. As a relief and a way to support the Josephine County Food Bank, the libraries in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek will offer Back to School Fine Amnesty Days, accepting nonperishable food items in lieu of cash payments. Back to School Fine Amnesty Days are Tuesday, September 1 through Saturday, September 12, 2015.

“We are offering amnesty in September this year to give young students the opportunity to start the school year with a clean slate,” said Operations Manager Norma Singer. “Fine Amnesty is a great way to clear up any overdue library fines and benefit the food bank.”

Each donated item forgives $5 in fines. JCLI will credit accounts with previously incurred fines on overdue items returned during Back to School Fine Amnesty Days — regardless of how long overdue — in return for donations of nonperishable, non-expired food items.

When “paying” a fine with donated food items, patrons should bring overdue library materials to a check-out volunteer at any of the libraries before depositing donations into the collection containers.

Note that replacement costs for lost library cards or lost or damaged materials cannot be resolved by donations. For more information, email or call 541-476-0571.