Providence Public Library to Hold Back-to-School Amnesty Days, Sept. 4 – 15

Be forgiven fines on overdue Library items brought in!

Are you holding onto some really overdue library items, afraid of the mounting fines?  Well, Providence Public Library (PPL), at 150 Empire Street, Providence, wants to help families and students to have a fresh start* for the 2012-13 school year.  Beginning Tuesday, September 4 and continuing through Saturday, September 15, the Library will hold a back-to-school amnesty period during which normal fines for overdue library materials returned will be waived.  (Previous overdue fines or those accrued for lost or damaged materials are not eligible for waiving.)

*Amnesty applies only to overdue items returned during the Sept. 4 -15 timeframe.

“With school starting, we normally see more people turning to the Library for their study and learning needs.  We’re trying to do what we can to help library patrons by encouraging them to come in with overdue materials,” said Kay Ellen Bullard, assistant director.  “The amnesty is open to all, with a special focus and children and families.  We want all students to be able to come in with any outstanding materials and feel free to take out any new materials they need.”

Fines will be waived for all materials -- books, CDs, DVDs, etc., returned during these days.  So, hunt down those library items…search your house, car or last year’s back pack to see what can be returned!  For questions, contact the Library at 455-8000.

Back-to-School Author Visit – Meet RI’s Peter Mandel Saturday, September 15

In further celebration of the new school year, PPL’s Chace Children’s Discovery Library (150 Empire Street, Providence) will host a special visit from popular Rhode Island author Peter Mandel from 11 am to 12 Noon on Saturday, September 15.  Peter will share his perennial favorite, Jackhammer Sam, with youngsters and then introduce his newest book, Zoo Ah-choooo.  Bring the family and join the back-to-school fun!  A book sale and signing will follow Peter’s program.

Peter Mandel is an adventure travel journalist and the author of eleven books for kids, including the new Jackhammer Sam (Macmillan/Roaring Brook), called “wonderful and overwhelming, rattling and mesmerizing” by Publishers Weekly, and his new Zoo Ah-Choooo (Holiday House), a PBS Reading Rainbow selection. “Lively pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations join with the humorous text to tell the tale with panache,” says School Library Journal.

Originally from Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Mandel currently lives in Providence with his wife, Kathy, and cats, Betty, Emily and Cecil.  He’s written essays and op-eds for Reader’s Digest, Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal, and his books have been translated into Japanese, German, Chinese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish and Danish.

Discount parking is available ($3/3 hours) at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage.  Bring your ticket with you for stamping at the Circulation Desk.