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Ouachita Parish Public Library offers amnesty

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From Wednesday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 8, 2022, Ouachita Parish Public Library will hold an Amnesty Week, which will allow fines on patrons’ accounts to be forgiven, up to $200. The Library is giving its patrons this opportunity to clear their outstanding fines and welcome them back to the Library just in time for the Summer Reading Challenge. To gain fine forgiveness, patrons must visit a Library branch with their Library card or photo ID. Once the patron's account is verified, the Library will clear fines regardless of their age. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by the parent or guardian who signed their account.

The Library is aware that difficulties paying fines can prevent a reader from using the Library and its services. This is the perfect opportunity to check your bookcases, under your bed, or in your car to recover forgotten Library books. Things happen and the Library doesn’t judge. We want readers back in the Library using our services, especially when kids are out of school for summer.

The Library’s Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge is from June 1 through July 31 this year. This Challenge is open to all ages and encourages reading for fun. Ask your local librarian for details, or visit