Guilty readers flood library with returns
AN amnesty on overdue books in Townsville libraries has been heralded a success, with more than 3000 returned.
Although down on last year’s return of more than 5200 items, Townsville Acting Deputy Mayor Jack Wilson said there was still time for the public to return overdue books and not receive a fine.
During the month of December the Townsville City Council wiped fine charges for existing overdue books if they were returned to the city’s libraries with a tin of food.
Cr Wilson said the tins were donated to the food bank for distribution to those in need over the Christmas period.
‘‘There has been a fantastic response to the drive,’’ he said. ‘‘We have filled eight shopping trolleys.
‘‘More than 3000 books have been returned so far and the amnesty still has more than a week to go.’’
Cr Wilson said A businessman had been approached by a man trying to sell a handful of library books.
‘‘Some moron tried to sell them so he could make some extra cash,’’ Cr Wilson said.
‘‘But the store owner must have had a good sense of values because he realised they were library books and decided to take them back to the library.’’
Cr Wilson said overall the December amnesty initiative was very successful.
‘‘We have all forgotten to take back books in the past but when we’re reminded and an initiative comes along like this, people usually come through.
‘‘I think it is a wonderful response from the people of this city.’’
Starting from 2007, Townsville City Council will do away with fines for overdue library books and the system will be replaced by a series of overdue notices.
‘‘With this initiative, next year we will expect to see a better relationship with the city library and the people of this city,’’ Cr Wilson said.
AMNESTY . . . Cr Wilson with librarians (from left) Wilma Bartels, Annette Burns and Robin Lee