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Bye Bye Fines: Lethbridge Public Library eliminates late fees

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Lethbridge Public Library is no longer charging late fees for overdue items.

The decision came into effect Monday, February 1st. For anyone who had existing overdue fees, those have now been forgiven.

Lethbridge Public Library CEO, Terra Plato says this move to be “fine free” is about focusing on recovering library materials versus charging monetary fines.

She notes they understand that fines provide a significant barrier to many, and eliminating them ensures that all residents are able to access the Library’s physical and virtual spaces equally. “Now, more than ever, as we work to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community needs access to its library.”

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More than 300 public libraries across North America have either eliminated or reduced fines.

How will it work?

• Initial loan periods and renewal options will remain the same.
• After the item’s due date, a 28 day grace period will be applied.
• Items not returned by the end of the grace period will be identified as lost, and replacement fees
will be applied.
• The item(s) will need to be returned, or replacement fees paid, prior to borrowing additional
materials.

Please note: this change applies to Lethbridge Public Library cardholders only.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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