Library goers freed from fines

By Ciara Conley -

If you’ve never got around to returning those books to the library — now is the time to act.

Portsmouth Public Library and all other branches are hosting a Fine-Free week for patrons.

Up until July 25, patrons can return overdue books and the late fees will be waived by the library.

For those with existing account balances, just bring in half of the balance and the library will waive the other half.

“Sometimes people will have a really high balance, say five years ago they checked out a bunch of items and never returned them, or lost them,”explained Programs Manager Katie Williams. “You have to have your account balance below $5 to check out items. This is a great opportunity for people to pay off their cards and get back to using the library.”

According to Williams, fine-free weeks are held as needed and they have no schedule for the next event.

“Sometimes we do it twice a year, sometimes we don’t do it at all,” said Williams. “We don’t know for sure when the next one is going to be. We’re encouraging people to take advantage of this opportunity while it’s here.”

Following the fine-free week, these programs will be offered from July 25 through the 30.

Teen Programs:

Tuesday, July 26 – Craft Program at 6 p.m. at South Webster

Friday, July 29 – Chocolate Olympics at 3 p.m. at Lucasville

Adult Programs:

Tuesday, July 26 – Create a Heritage Album at 2 p.m. at Portsmouth

Thursday, July 28 – An Evening of Calligraphy at 6 p.m. at Portsmouth

Computer Instruction Class – Class requires registration

(740-⁠354-⁠5688 ext. 10529) and is located at Portsmouth:

Monday, July 25 – Devices at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26 – Social Media Class at 1p.m.

Wednesday, July 27 – Computer Basics at 1p.m.

Please contact your local branch for more information:

  • Lucasville: 740-⁠259-⁠6119
  • New Boston: 740-⁠456-⁠4412
  • Portsmouth: 740-⁠354-⁠5688
  • South Webster: 740-⁠778-⁠2122
  • Wheelersburg: 740-⁠574-⁠6116

By Ciara Conley

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext 1932, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext 1932, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara