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Amnesty for overdue and lost materials runs April 1-30
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 6, 2019) -- The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will celebrate its 10th anniversary at 411 Clematis Street on April 9th during National Library Week.  To celebrate this milestone, the library is offering patrons a gift – Fine Forgiveness – to forgive fines for overdue or lost materials and reconnect with long-lost patrons.  From April 1 through April 30, 2019, the library will waive all late fees, no matter how long overdue, as well as charges for  lost materials including books, CDs, DVDs and other items.  The goal of the program is to recover outstanding items and welcome back patrons whose access to library materials has been impeded by overdue fines or charges associated with lost materials.

The Fine Forgiveness program requires cardholders to come into the library with a current ID to verify their address and return any overdue materials.  Fines for the overdue materials would be waived, and charges associated with lost items would also be waived during the four-week amnesty period.  The Fine Forgiveness program applies only to items checked out before April 1, 2019, when the amnesty period begins.  Fines and lost book charges for Interlibrary Loan items (borrowed from other libraries) will not be waived at any time.  Each cardholder must be present to be eligible for forgiveness and families are encouraged to visit together.
The library last granted Fine Forgiveness in 2017, which led to the reinstatement of over 3,700 patrons and the return of close to 1,200 physical items.  Over the past 10 years, the Mandel Public Library has lent over 7,739,000 items including books, DVDs, CDs and digital resources to patrons.  The Fine Forgiveness program aims to not only recover as many of the unreturned items as possible, but to reinstate blocked cardholders so they can access vital community programs and services. 
Once library cards are reactivated, patrons will gain access to the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach’s impressive collection of materials and menu of services including job search help, career online high school, homework help, children’s summer programming, fitness classes and more.  Patrons will also have access to the digital library with nearly 500,000 online eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music and more…with no late fees ever.  Using the library’s free apps, patrons can access materials anytime, anywhere, and the digital items are automatically returned at the end of the loan period and cannot be lost or accrue overdue fines.
The Mandel Public Library will have additional celebration activities April 7 to 13 during National Library Week including:
  • Why I Love My Library wall in KidSpace – Kids can express their favorite things about the library and help create a decorative wall in the KidSpace area. 
  • Spin the Checkout Wheel – Patrons can spin a prize wheel when they check out library materials at the front desk.  Prizes include pens, flash drives, library bags, extra hour of computer time, free parking, a Starbucks gift basket and more.
The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities.”  Libraries continue to be an important part of our social infrastructure and help to build strong communities by providing resources, services, connection and a safe space to large segments of the population.  Libraries can transform lives and communities by empowering community members with expertise and trustworthy information, access to technology, education and career development, as well as entertainment and personal enrichment.
“Libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise,” said Christopher Murray, Director of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.  He continued, “We want to highlight this valuable role and celebrate together with our local community through the Fine Forgiveness program, eliminating barriers to ensure all of our community members have access to important library services.”
Over the past ten years, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has provided invaluable quality programming and resources to the local community.  Many library programs are funded by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, which supports the Mandel Public Library by underwriting programs, services, collections and technology beyond the city’s operating budget.   The below statistics best exemplify the popularity and need for library services, and how the city library is allowing children to excel and helping adults to thrive.
Library services since 2009 at the 411 Clematis Street location:
  • Yoga:  6,802 attendees (babies, preschool, kids & tweens) have attended 336 classes
  • Dog Tales:  16,114 children read to therapy dogs during 1,034 visits
  • Summer Reading Program:  22,590 books have been given to children
  • Storytimes:  23,585 children have attended 1,598 storytimes
  • Summer BreakSpot Meals:  14,749 lunches and 22,084 snacks to children and teens (since 2016 when the program started)
  • Technology:  17,163 students have attended 3,756 classes and 6,827 hours of training
  • Career/Business: 7,946 people have attended 1.153 classes
  • Materials lent: over 7,739,000 items including books, DVDs, CDs and digital resources
Patrons seeking Fine Forgiveness can stop by the library reception desk with a current ID during the amnesty period from April 1 to 30, or contact the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach at (561) 868-7700 for more information.
About the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Founded in 1895, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has evolved from a modest Reading Room along the waterfront to an innovative and cutting edge facility located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach. The Mandel Public Library provides a wide range of programming for kids, teens, and adults focused on creating inspired lives by connecting people with information and ideas. Today, the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach welcomes over half a million visitors annually and loans over 725,000 items to 105,000+ library cardholders.  For more information, visit mycitylibrary.org or call 561-868-7700.