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The first week of a monthlong amnesty program for overdue library materials didn't meet expectations, Beaufort County library director Wlodek Zaryczny said Friday.
About 80 items from the county's five branches have been returned since the amnesty program began April 2, Zaryczny said. A late fee of $44.20 was the largest forgiven so far.
The amnesty program waives late fees for residents who return overdue materials to a library clerk at any county library branch before April 30.
"I really thought there was going to be a lot more," Zaryczny said.
The program was approved by Beaufort County Council in January to help recoup about $150,000 in missing books, DVDs and other materials from about 3,000 overdue accounts.
The program was an attempt to avoid more drastic steps, such as hiring a collection agency or reporting delinquencies to a credit agency, according to County Council minutes.
"Hopefully, more people will participate," Zaryczny said. "They can clear their account... and other people will be able to rent our materials."
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