For the second year running, PCL will hold its popular annual amnesty event during National Library Week. Patrons can return overdue materials to any PCL location and give a non -perishable food item in place of the fine; all food collected will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Free books, provided by Books are Wings, will be given to children at every PCL location to take home and keep, while stocks last.
PCL’s annual partnership with the Food Bank provides a successful means to eradicate fines, get materials returned and feed hungry Rhode Island families at the same time. During Amnesty Week 2016, PCL patrons gave one item of non-perishable, non-expired food for every $20 of fines owed, resulting in a total donation of 879 pounds of food – enough to provide more than 700 meals.
Amnesty Week 2017 gets off to a fun and exciting start on Rhode Island Library Awareness Day, Saturday, April 8, 2:30P.M.-5:30P.M., with a community party at Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue. Councilman Wilbur W. Jennings, Jr. will introduce the event, which features the 30-piece Classical High School Band, a Fire & Ice presentation by Mad Science, plus pizza, cake and crafts. Everyone is welcome!