All Okefenokee Regional Library System (OKRLS) card-holders to kick off the holiday season with a clean slate! Celebrate by visiting your local OKRLS library today!
In honor of the late Martha P. Donaldson, the Okefenokee Regional Library System is holding a once-in-a-lifetime clean slate action for OKRLS cardholders who have bills due to one of our member libraries in Appling, Bacon, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware counties. Mrs. Donaldson served as the Children’s Librarian and then Director of OKRLS as well as serving many years as a Ware County Library Trustee. She was known for her spirited advocacy of reading and being a masterful storyteller. The OKRLS Board of Trustees dedicates this clean-slate action to Mrs. Donaldson in appreciation of her many years of service to our libraries and the communities we serve.
What does this mean for you? If you are a card-holder in one of our libraries in Appling, Bacon, Clinch, Pierce, or Ware counties, your bills have been forgiven and you now have a clean slate! If you have lost your library card, you can also replace it free of charge through the end of December.
OKRLS Trustee JoAnn Tomlinson said, “Fines and fees shouldn’t be punitive. They’re meant to encourage people to return items so other people in their community can access them; they aren’t meant to be a barrier.” OKRLS Trustee Colleen Noble pointed out that “the important thing was for people to feel comfortable using their library again and bringing their children into the library.”
This initiative is intended to make sure that every member of the Appling, Bacon, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware county communities has an important life tool – a free library card in good standing.
OKRLS Board Chair Pat Prevatt said, “I hope that this goodwill gesture to our library cardholders will encourage everyone to visit the library again and see the wonderful things we have for our community.” OKRLS Vice-Chair Kim Spivey added, “Removing this barrier to library service is a great way to foster community-wide literacy and help combat low literacy levels – among all ages – in our communities.”
Please note – only OKRLS bills will be forgiven and all overdue items still out will need to be returned to the library to return an account to good standing. If you have items that you have lost, please contact the library and we will help you restore your library privileges!
For additional information, check out our website:www.okrls.org/news or call (912) 287-4978.