Arrowhead libraries waive overdue fines for kids
The amnesty includes all Carlton County locations.
To help get kids and families prepared for summer reading, a select number of public libraries in the Arrowhead Library System region will be offering overdue fines amnesty for patrons ages 0-18 from May 14-31.
During this time, kids can return long-overdue library books and all overdue fines will be forgiven, according to a news release from the library system.
This includes the following Carlton County locations: Carlton Area Public Library, Cloquet Public Library, Moose Lake Public Library, ALS Bookmobile and ALS Mail-A-Book.
“This is a great opportunity to return overdue materials and restore library borrowing privileges to our region’s youngest patrons whose overdue fines and fees prevent them from accessing library services,” ALS Regional Librarian Mollie Stanford said. “The goal of this program is to eliminate barriers and get kids and families back into the library.”
The amnesty program does not apply to fines and fees charged for lost materials. Some ALS-member public libraries have created individual programs to help their local patrons with lost item fines and fees.
If you need an ALS Public Library Card or a replacement card, and live in the ALS seven-county service area of Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis, apply for free at alslib.info/services/how-do-i-get-a-library-card .