The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System announces an amnesty program for late returns and plans a grand opening for the Altheimer branch.


The library system is offering an opportunity to waive fines for materials patrons have forgotten to return to the library. People can return books without fear of a fine from Feb. 18-24, regardless of how long the items have been checked out, according to a news release.

During the amnesty week, patrons may bring books, DVDs or other checked out overdue items to any bookdrop location or circulation desk to take advantage of this amnesty offer.

“The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library’s amnesty period, which will last from February 18 through February 24, is as much an attempt to regain lost patrons as lost books,” a spokesman said. “Nothing can keep us apart, not even late fees. Just come on back.”


The Altheimer Branch Library at 222 S. Edline in Altheimer will hold a grand opening from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Mayor Zola Hudson will be speaking, as well as Travis White Sr., library board member. David Sadler will be entertaining with his blues and jazz music, according to the news release.

“Everyone is invited to join in the grand opening to explore all the new spaces the renovated library has to offer. From the latest technology for learning and making, to bright open spaces for gathering and connecting, accessing books, music, movies, and more – you are sure to enjoy the treasure that is the Altheimer Branch Library,” according to the release.

Refreshments will be served and a raffle prize will be given away.

Details: Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Public Library System, 870-534-4802.