Bookworms catch break with fine-free month

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LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Bookworms are catching a break for the month of June at the Lexington-Henderson County Everett Horn Library with a fine-free deal. “It’s just a good opportunity to get people using the library again,” library director Crystal Ozier said. Staff said the biannual drop in fees will bring dozens of books back to shelves and also provide an opportunity for community outreach. “We waived $33 yesterday for a couple of packs of crayons,” Ozier said. In order to have fees waived, card holders must donate school supplies. “It’s a good way to help the children and local schools,” Ben Sellers said. School supplies will be donated to churches to fill nearly 1,000 backpacks for children this fall. Sellers said he has been using the library for at least 15 years and enjoys bringing his son to find a summer read. Sellers also admitted he’s fallen victim to a few late fines. Each overdue item costs 10 cents per day with a max fine of $5. “A lot of time you have people with children, and it’s hard to remember things and keep up with things, so it’s bringing the no-fine month, which helps those people come in and makes them want to come in more since it’s dropped,” Sellers said.

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