Library late fee felons will get a “get out of fines free” pass next week, when the Laurel County Public Library celebrates National Library Week. The library is excusing late fees to those who bring in their books, CDs, DVDs and books on tape.

“It’s just an act of goodwill,” Director Lori Acton said. “We thought that was a nice break.”

Acton said business is booming at the library, with the facility expected to have a circulation of more than 5 million this year, including books and other material like DVDs and CDs.

“In our first year, we had a circulation of a little more than 100,000,” Acton said.

Today, the library has 32,000 regular borrowers. Acton said the free fines opportunity could impact up to 25 percent of them.

Fines for books are normally 50 cents per day per item and DVDs are $1 per day per item. The maximum amount of late fees one can accrue is $25.

National Library Week, which runs from April 13 to 19, was first sponsored in 1958. At the time, research showed Americans were spending less money on books and more on alternate entertainment outlets like radios and televisions.

This year’s National Library Week theme is “Join the circle of knowledge at your library.”



LOOKING FOR A GOOD BOOK?

• Most popular book taken out from the Laurel County Public Library in the past 12 months:

1. “6th Target” by James Patterson. (Taken out 780 times.)

2. “I Heard That Song Before” by Mary Higgins Clark. (750 times.)

3. “High Noon” by Nora Roberts (740 times)

4. “The Quickie” by James Patterson (660 times)

5. “Sisters” by Danielle Steele (620 times)

6. “Lean Mean 13” by Janet Evanovich (590 times)

7. “Book of the Dead” by Patricia Cornwell (570 times)

8. “You’ve Been Warned” by James Patterson (565 times)

9. “Cross” by James Patterson (560 times)

10. “Step on a Crack” by James Patterson (550 times)

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