Clarence Valley Council library and historical services manager Noelene Grace tells of an overdue book amnesty at the library.
Clarence Valley Council library and historical services manager Noelene Grace tells of an overdue book amnesty at the library.

Bookworms? bonanza

By CARRIE-ANNE GREENBANK

FORGETFUL book borrowers need not fear late fees.

Overdue books returned to the Clarence Regional Library between June 19 and August 1 will not attract fines, according to acting regional library manager Nicole Don.

"Books may have been due a week ago or two years ago. We'll accept them, no questions asked," Ms Don said.

The Clarence Regional Library sends out more than 50 overdue notices each day, with around 13,000 sent out a year.

"Most people are reluctant to return books because of the fines incurred, but we'd just be happy to have our books back," Ms Don said.

While more than half of the overdue books are returned, many still remain missing, according to library and historical services manager Noelene Grace.

"During an amnesty, we've had books returned that have been overdue by 20 years," Mrs Grace said yesterday.

The amnesty, which applies to all Clarence Valley library branches, coincides with a massive book sale to be held at South Grafton Regional Library from July 6-8.

On offer are hundreds of old, damaged or donated books, ranging from non-fiction and children's books to large print books and encyclopaedias.



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