In celebration of the 60th anniversary of National Library Week, the Vail Public Library will again offer Amnesty Month from April 8-30. Amnesty Month is an effort to recover overdue library materials by offering a “fine free” month. The purpose of the amnesty is to encourage the return of needed library materials and to promote increased use of the library.
The amnesty does not include overdue fines still on record from previously returned materials. It also does not include fines for lost and/or damaged items. While some materials are simply lost, a great many are still in the hands of the patrons who checked them out. With a "no questions asked" amnesty period, the embarrassment and fear of paying large fines as obstacles to the return of long-overdue materials will be removed.
This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Libraries Lead.” Libraries and librarians lead by looking beyond their traditional roles to provide transformative opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement, as well as by offering new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs.
Vail Public Library strives to be a leader in the community through its services and programs. Recent examples of these efforts are access to new technologies in the Tech Studio; expansion of the library’s Spanish language collection; and addition of a weekly bilingual story time. The public is invited to visit the library in person or at vaillibrary.com to learn more about how Libraries Lead.
For more information on the amnesty program, please call 970-479-2187.