Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fines

Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fines

Pictured: Briar Mathis, 13, reads to his brother Jett, 5, in the children’s room at the Parsons Public Library

Overdue fines are a thing of the past for Parsons Public Library patrons as of September 1, 2019. The library’s Board of Trustees voted in their August meeting to join a growing number of libraries and eliminate overdue fines on materials.

“The Parsons Public Library’s mission is to best serve its community and eliminate barriers for our patrons. By eliminating overdue fines, we want everyone to feel welcome to use all the resources the library provides,” said Library Director, Samantha Graven.  “Overdue fines can penalize the most vulnerable families and individuals and we want to reverse this trend and get our patrons back into our building to use materials and enhance their quality of life and education.  Libraries are not only about books. As technology and the needs of our community change, our goal is to evolve so we can continue to meet those needs. One way we are evolving is by eliminating barriers, such as overdue fines.   We greatly appreciate the support of the community we serve, and feel this is a way we can give back. We can’t wait to see you at the library.”

Patrons will continue to receive notifications of due dates and overdue materials. Materials not returned after 30-days will be considered lost and charged to the patron. Until the matter is resolved, the patron’s account will be blocked. Patrons can still take advantage of the 3-day grace period to renew materials. Renewals can be done in person, over the phone, email or by the library’s free text messaging service. For more information, call the library at 620-421-5920.

This Week at the Library

This Week at the Library

Week of September 16, 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019, at 5 p.m. Crochet Group. Join us to crochet together and learn new techniques. Everyone is welcome.

Monday, September 16, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. Join us for a special story hour featuring local children’s author Ruth Zimmerman. Ruth will read her first published children’s book Rigby Makes a Difference. After the craft, Ruth will have copies of books available for purchase.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the library. Next Chapter Book Club.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 10 a.m. Join Miss Willie as she reads There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. Crochet Group. Join us to crochet together and learn new techniques. Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. Join Miss Willie as she reads There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 2 p.m. Color Your Stress Away. Join us to color. All supplies are furnished.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 4 p.m. STEAM Wednesday. Join Miss Willie to make an Articulated Grabber. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Parsons Public Library or by calling 421-5920. This event is for ages 5 and up. We’ll meet in the Children’s Room.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 5 p.m. at the library, Next Chapter Book Club.

Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. Adult Afternoon Movie. Join us as we watch The War Wagon.