Coquitlam library amnesty nets $675

Inaugural Library Giving Day forgives more than $1,300 in fines

The Coquitlam Public Library waived more the $1,300 in fines in exchange for $675 worth of donations in its inaugural Library Giving Day on April 10.

The library joined an initiative started by the Seattle Public Library that has gone continent-wide in an attempt to not only fundraise, but also bring people back to the library who were reluctant to return because they owed money.

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Coquitlam library executive director Todd Gnissios said there were 27 accounts and $1,339.71 in fines waived in exchange for a $25 donation. The highest waives were for accounts owing $207.85 and $117.30. The rest were under $100 including seven for less than $25, the amount of the donation. One account made a donation without owing any fees.

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