The Wayne County Public Library will become a fine free library, following action taken by the board during a meeting on Wednesday, October 16.
Librarian Anne Garner said that many libraries are moving in that
direction, since fines usually only amount to a nominal amount of
money each year. She said she had researched fines at the local
library over the past year and it totaled only about $1,500.
Currently, the public library has a nickel a day fine for overdue
books and a $1 a day fine for overdue videos. But Garner noted that
many fines are forgiven for patrons because of different circumstances.
Garner said that other libraries have been making this change and
have indicated that by eliminating fines on overdue material, more
people seem to be using these facilities.
"We want to keep people from feeling like they can't come in and use
the library (if they have fines)," said Garner.
She added that patrons will still have to pay for items that are not
returned or are damaged, and that information will remain on their
The board approved the action unanimously.
Last week's meeting marked the last one for two board members,
including Lisa Lowe and Dr. Ronald Rush. Both their terms on the
library board will expire November 4.
Fellow board members took the opportunity to express their
appreciation to Lowe and Rush for their service to the library.
Two new board members will join the organization next month. County
Judge-Executive Mike Anderson appointed Katina Shearer and Martha
Gregory to serve terms on the library board. They join current board
members Tammy Adams, Donna Stockton and Barbara Turpin.
In other action during the meeting, the board:
• Heard an update regarding the insulation issues at the new
library. That work should be done as soon as the contractor is
available, according to Garner.
• Heard an update regarding the HVAC system at the library. Repair
work has been completed on the system.
• Agreed to increase Jason Flynn's sick leave to one day per month.