Fine-free book month starts today at Vail Public Library |

Fine-free book month starts today at Vail Public Library

Daily staff report
National Library Week is April 9-15, and Vail Public Library is joining bookstores and libraries across the country in celebrating.
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VAIL — Vail Public Library is celebrating National Library Week today through Saturday. During this week, Vail Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in promoting the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and expertise they offer.

National Library Week is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.

“The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning,” said Lori A. Barnes, town librarian. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.”

Fine-free month

In conjunction with National Library Week this year, Vail Public Library is offering a fine-free month that will kickoff today and continue through April 30. Vail Public Library borrowers are encouraged to return their overdue library materials without penalty or fine during this amnesty period. Materials returned to either the library or the book drops must be in good condition, but no questions will be asked nor fines assessed.

The purpose of the amnesty is to encourage the return of needed library materials and to promote increased use of the library. The amnesty does not include overdue fines still on record from previously returned materials. It also does not include fines for lost and/or damaged items. While some materials are simply lost, a great many are still in the hands of the patrons who checked them out.

Vail Public Library is committed to serving the needs of the entire Eagle County community, including local residents, part-time and seasonal residents and guests. Everyone is invited to sign up for a library card at or by visiting the library.

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