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MENOMONEE FALLS - The Menomonee Falls Public Library wants you — and your overdue materials — back in honor of Library Lovers month.

The library will launch its We Want You Back Fine Forgiveness Campaign from Monday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 25.

During the two-week period, patrons who wish to participate must visit MFPL in-person. Overdue materials may be returned and library staff will work with patrons to reactivate library accounts in addition to waiving all eligible fines and fees.

“We definitely want people to come into the library and certainly check out all the things we’re doing here, and we also want to remove that barrier," said Library Director Karol Kennedy. "For some people, that is something that would prevent them from being able to use the library; we want to eliminate that barrier and get them back in here to use all the resources that are available to them.”

This is the first time the library has offered a fine forgiveness program of this caliber.

"Last summer, we did a Food for Fines Week; people could bring in an item for the food pantry and for each item they brought in, they received a dollar off their fines," Kennedy said.

The campaign was first discussed last fall and the library board approved the campaign in November.

“We do want the items back, but we want people to come back to use the library and not feel like they're shunned from being here because they have overdue materials; that happens to everyone at some point, and we really just want them to come back, but then getting the items back so they are available to other people is definitely part of it as well," Kennedy said.

Eligible fines and fees include: overdue fines on items that have been returned; processing fees, with the exception of collection service fees, and card replacement fees

For more information on this and other library programs and services, call 262-532-8901, stop in at Menomonee Falls Public Library at W156 N8436 Pilgrim Road, or visit the website at MenomoneeFallsLibrary.org.

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