Do you have overdue library materials? Good news! All this week, from Monday, April 11 to Saturday, April 16 we’re holding our annual amnesty event! Simply return your overdue items and donate non-perishable food in exchange for fines - one can of food for every $20 of fines owed. We’ll waive the fines and the all food collected will be given to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
So why have an Amnesty Week? Well, we’ve got 12,000 items currently overdue or missing and we really want our stuff back. Our amnesty events give patrons a guilt-free way to return the materials and help people in need. Last year, PCL donated more than 950 pounds of food to the food bank! Unfortunately, we can’t waive fines that have gone to collection agencies.
Every patron who returns an item, checks out a new item or receives a new or replacement library card during Amnesty Week will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win some great prizes, such as a Kindle, restaurant gift cards and gift baskets. The raffle drawing will take place at a grand community party at Mount Pleasant Library, Saturday, April 16, 12:30PM-2:30PM featuring music, entertainment and free food, thanks to our sponsors!
We’ve negotiated special discounts for PCL library card holders during Amnesty Week. Hope Street retailers Blooming Blossoms, Kreatelier, J Marcel and Rhody Craft will give patrons 20 percent off purchases and there will be discounts for diners at the Punta Cana Bistro on Broad Street and the Suite Tart beauty salon on the West Side. Festival Ballet Providence will give PCL cardholders a 20 percent discount on tickets to performances of Swan Lake at The VETS (April 29-May 1).