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Newark Public Library announces "A Clean Slate for Young Readers" program
Press Release June 4, 2002

Prompted by the summer reading assignments instituted by the Newark public schools, The Newark Public Library is holding a "Clean Slate for Young Readers" program for the return of all overdue library materials. During the amnesty period--that began on June 1, 2002, and continues through August 31, 2002--all overdue materials may be returned to the main library or any of the branch libraries, and the fines will be waived. In addition to school reading assignments, the "clean slate" program also benefits those students who wish to borrow books in order to participate in the library’s own "Prudential Foundation Summer Reading Challenge."

"The primary purpose of fines," says Bruce E. Ford, assistant director for technical services, "is to encourage prompt return of materials. Occasionally, however, patrons amass such huge fines that--instead of paying them--they simply forfeit their library privileges. We want our books back, and," Ford emphasized, "we also want our borrowers back."

Those who return library materials during the "clean slate" period will not have to pay overdue fines. The library will also waive previously incurred overdue fines for those who wish to borrow books during the months of June, July and August. Those who have lost books will still have to pay replacement costs.

For more information about the amnesty program, call the library at (973) 733-7791.

 

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