Greenfield - "We Want You Back @ the Library!" is the slogan for the Greenfield Public Library Fines Amnesty Program that will run through Jan. 31.

The library is trying to get back those who have been reluctant to visit the library because they have fines for overdue items or late fees.

Those who have received notices from the library that they haven't returned library materials and then gotten bills for them before Jan. 1 are eligible for the fine forgiveness program. They can donate non-perishable food to Hunger Task Force and have eligible fines waived.

A donation of two items of food will wipe away the fine for an overdue book, DVD, or CD owned by the Greenfield Public Library that is finally returned to the library.

The limit is 10 donations for five overdue items. All the donations and returns must take place at the same time and in person.

Those who can't find the library materials they borrowed also are getting a break. The library is waiving $2.50 of fines and late fees with every donation of non-perishable food up to a maximum of $25. For those with larger fines and fees, payment plans are available.

These special breaks apply only to materials the Greenfield Library owns. The forgiveness does not apply to materials owned by other libraries within the Milwaukee County Federated Library System. 

Those wanting to take advantage of the fine forgiveness program should bring their old library card and a current photo ID. They will walk out with a new library card.

"It will clear the deck and you can come back to the library," said Library Director Sheila O'Brien.

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