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Providence Community Library Will Accept Food Instead Of Fines During Amnesty Week!

Published Date: 
April 1, 2016

Donations Will Benefit Food Bank and Neighborhood Merchants Will Offer Special Deals and Prizes to Patrons

Providence Community Library (PCL)will hold its 2016 amnesty event from April 11 to April 16, and for one week, patrons will be able to return overdue items and give non-perishable food items in exchange for fines. PCL patrons can donate one can of food for every $20 of fines owed, the fines will be waived (with a few exceptions) and the food donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. To make things more fun, 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 prizes such as a Kindle, restaurant gift cards and gift baskets. Amnesty Week will conclude with a raffle drawing and a party featuring music, entertainment and free food, thanks to our sponsors! The big celebration will be at Mount Pleasant Library on Rhode Island Library Awareness Day, Saturday, April 16 from 12:30P.M. to 2:30P.M.

PCL decided to move its annual amnesty appeal from February to April in order to take advantage of the milder spring weather and also the fact that April 10-16 is National Library Week! Overdue materials are a major problem for PCL, just as they are for all lending libraries; last year, PCL chased the return of more than 9,000 missing items and donated more than 950 pounds of food. “We aren’t looking to punish people during Amnesty Week,” said PCL Program Coordinator, Michelle Novello, “we just want our stuff back!” Missing books, DVDs and other materials deplete library collections and frustrate other patrons, particularly if they are popular items.

PCL has negotiated special Amnesty Week discounts for PCL library card holders with neighborhood merchants. 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 salon on the West Side. Festival Ballet Providence will give PCL cardholders a 20 percent discount on tickets to performances of Swan Lakeat The VETS (April 29-May 1).

At Amnesty Week's concluding celebration, patrons will enjoy free Domino’s pizza, aperformance by the amazing Providence brass band What Cheer? Brigade and the unique talents of comic book illustrator and improv artist Eric Fulford. The lucky holders of the winning raffle tickets will return home with a brand new Kindle, gift certificates for dining at the Olneyville New York System restaurant and gift baskets donated by Narragansett Beer and the Suite Tart beauty salon.

For full details of Amnesty Week activities and a complete list of offers from participating merchants, visit our website at