2,000 Items Returned to Libraries

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Thousands of books are back on the shelves of the Josephine Community Libraries and that means tens of thousands of dollars have been saved.

The Executive Director say its Fine Amnesty Days last month brought in 2,000 past-due items. Last month, for three weeks, the library system wiped patron’s fines clear in exchange for non-perishable food items or donations for the animal shelter. The system’s executive director says some patrons’ fines can add up to $400.

“It saves us money and it brings our favorite books back to the library, and its a win-win because patrons feel really good about clearing up their fines,” said the Executive Director of the Josephine Community Library, Kate Lasky.

More than 400 pounds of food were donated to the Josephine County Food Bank.