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NV Marks Library Week with Amnesties, Famous Authors, and More

April 16, 2007

If you've been avoiding the library because you forgot to return a book, or built up some fines, this is your lucky week. Libraries across the state are celebrating "National Library Week." In many areas, this includes a week-long "amnesty period," where Nevadans can wipe out back fines for overdue materials and start anew. So Robb Morss, director of the Clark County Library District, says come on down and get acquainted with all the resources the library has to offer.

"It's our way of telling the community; come back, you know, it's not our goal to charge everybody over due fines for the materials they bring back late we want people to come and use the library, and to read books and check out videos."

Many libraries are planning events that highlight their roles as community centers. The North Reno Library has recently been featured in a new book called "Heart of the Community," and all week, Bonnie Saviers of the Washoe County Library System says they will be celebrating the theme, "Coming Together at Your Library."

"They don't have to just go 'shhhh' all the time. We really see libraries as a place for people to gather, to come together and see their friends, meet, exchange ideas. It's more than just a place to check out books -- even though we still do that, of course!"

Morss' library is running "The Big Read," a promotion in which everyone in Las Vegas is urged to pick up a copy of the same book -- this year, the Joy Luck Club -- to participate in discussions about it. This year, they even have a chance to meet the author.

"Amy Tan will actually be here at the tail end of National Library Week, for two presentations at the Clark County and Summerland library. We think it's quite a coup that she's coming to Las Vegas, to sign books and talk about how she wrote the book."

For information about overdue fee amnesties and other events in your area, contact your local library.

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NV