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National Library Week celebrated locally

By Staff | Apr 22, 2013

National Library Week runs from April 14-20, and the Heart of America Library is celebrating by trying to coax patrons back to the library by forgiving past sins at a discount rate.

“If you have any books overdue, we’re going to let you bring them back and we’re going to waive your fines,” said library director Sheila Craun. “If you have outstanding fines, we’re going to cut those fines in half if you come in and pay for half. That’s how we’re celebrating.”

The hope among library staff is the promotion will help bring back library goers who haven’t visited lately because of the fines.

“We do have people in Rugby with some high fines so it’s kind of an amnesty program,” she said. “It’s kind of a way to get people back to the library. We have new books on our shelves, or you can come in and find a book you’ve wanted to read in the past but just haven’t been to the library.”

There are also a number of other features, including the staff picks, which allow a patron to come in and quickly grab a book that has been recommended by the staff.

There is also a burgeoning North Dakota section, which includes a number of books, pamphlets and magazines about the state.

In addition, the library’s new elevator is complete and operational, and will allow people to easily access the geneology area downstairs, which has added a bathroom.

“Come into the library,” Craun said. “The great wall of construction is down now. Come in and see the elevator that the community has helped support for us.”

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