November 28, 2015

773 Lost Books Returned On First Day of Chicago Public Library “Once in a Blue Moon” Amnesty Program

The Chicago Public Library amnesty program (the first in nearly 30 years) began on Monday and so far it’s going well.

The Chicago Tribune reports.

From the Article:

The program is dubbed the “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty”, as it coincides with the Aug. 31 lunar phenomenon.

The first book returned was “The Reluctant Suitor” by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which was returned to Woodson Regional Library at 9:08 a.m. Monday. It was due in September 2005. Chicago Public Libraries collected 773 lost books — those overdue by more than six months — on Monday. Chicagoans also returned 6,081 items that were less than six months overdue.

“It’s like Christmas for all of us here,” said Ruth Lednicer, Chicago Public Library marketing director. “We get to tell them, ‘Your fine is zero.’ “

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