Cook Memorial Library in La Grande announced a one-time fine amnesty for patrons 17 years of age and younger.

Fines can cause a negative impact on those who can least afford it. The Cook Memorial Library wants to ensure that financial hardships do not prohibit a child from taking advantage of a public resource built to help them.

“We want our youth to recognize the library as a welcoming place where they always have opportunity regardless of what is happening out of the library walls. Our goal is to get more materials into the hands of our patrons,” said Library Director Terri Washburn.

Libraries serve everyone—regardless of beliefs or background—and strive to reduce barriers to learning and strengthening our communities.