Libraries in Chesterfield County have named September, Fine Free Month, along with a celebration of the National Library Card Sign-up month.
This means that anyone with outstanding library books can return them during the month of September and have their slate wiped clean. Or, if you don’t have a library card, you can sign up during the month of September and get a “fine free” pass good for the next late fee notice you receive.
There are many books long overdue at all five Chesterfield branches. Library officials said they realize people relocate, or simply forget about books that have been checked out at the library — these things happen and they want everyone to start the school year off with a clean slate.
A fine-free month gives you the ideal opportunity to do so. While the library wants and needs the books returned, staff don’t want to alienate readers. They do not want to keep people from reading, but in order to provide books to all readers in Chesterfield County, they have to keep the books circulating.
Also, they don’t want anyone feeling guilty because their books are so late and they’re trying to help out financially, knowing you are spending lots of money this month in other “back to school” supplies. Fine Free Month is a great opportunity to start off a new school year with a fresh start.
Please note the fine-free initiative does not include books that have been damaged or lost. If a book has been damaged or lost, the borrower will still have to replace the book or pay for its replacement. Books can be returned to any of the five libraries in Chesterfield County, even if the books were not checked out there. Fine free month and library sign-up starts on Sept. 1 and will continue throughout the month.
Please check the website or call your library about adult programs during the month of September. Due to a recent vacancy, there will not be any children’s programs during the month of September. These programs will begin in October 2013.