Several activities are planned for the coming week at branches of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System.
The Food For Fines Amnesty Week begins on Monday, Oct. 22 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 27. Customers that have overdue books or fines will have an opportunity to save money during Food for Fines Amnesty Week.
"All they have to do is bring in non-perishable food items to one of our branch library locations and they can have up to $1 in fines forgiven per card," said Gina Milgren, library director.
No more than $1 per card forgiven during the week. A can of donated food equals 50 cents or 2 cans of food for a dollar. Only canned or bagged non-perishable food items that are undamaged and unexpired will be accepted.
No glass items or beverages. All food items collected will be donated to local food banks. In Monett, donations will be given to Crosslines. Donations in Pierce City will go to the Senior Citizens Center. Donations in Purdy will go to the food pantry at the First Baptist Church.
Elsewhere in Barry County, donations in Cassville will aid the Cassville Community Food Pantry. Eagle Rock donations will aid the Helping Hands Food Bank. Donations in Shell Knob will go to the Alliance of Churches Food Bank.
National Friends of the Library Week runs Oct. 22 through Oct. 27. Customers are encouraged to join their local branch library's Friends of the Library Group and show support for their local library.
"We appreciate everything that our Friends do for the Library," said Milgren, "such as additional funding for Summer Reading Club, new materials, and craft supplies."
The Fall Book Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 at the Monett Branch Library "garage" at 213 Sixth St. Sales hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. There will be an early bird sale from 5 p.m. to 7 on Thursday, Oct. 25 for members of the Friends of the Library groups.
"We have a great selection of gently used books for sale for all ages," Milgren said. "This is a great time for homeschoolers and teachers to stock up their classrooms."
A major new service of wireless Internet access (WiFi) is now available to customers at the Monett Branch. WiFi service is now available also in Cassville and Mt. Vernon. Milgren said plans call for adding Aurora to the service in early 2013.
To use the service, patrons will need a wireless network card, headphones for audio connections, an anti-virus program on the computer being used. Wireless users will have to sign in at the circulation desk. Technical assistance will not be available, nor will access to library printers.
Computers should not be left unattended. Use of the library's resources for illegal activities or sending unsolicited bulk e-mail or commercial messages will not be permitted.
Additional information is available by contacting the Monett Branch at 235-6646.