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Library will trade fines for Humane Society donations during Library Week
Jasper, a Therapy Tails dog in the library this summer. The library chose the Humane Society for the Fines for Furry Friends program. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library will trade fines for donations to the Humane Society during Ontario Public Library Week, which runs from Oct. 20 to 26.

Through the Fines for Furry Friends program, the library will forgive $5 worth of fines in exchange for an item donation for the Humane Society. A list of accepted donations can be found online at

Chief librarian Cathy Simpson said the Humane Society seemed like an appropriate charity to support.

“This is a real dog town. People love their dogs here; they love their pets. We do allow dogs here in the library. This is of course a worthy cause and charity but it’s also something that the people really connect with,” Simpson said.

Ontario Public Library Week is a project of the Ontario Library Association to acknowledge and celebrate the valuable role libraries play in the community.As well as forgiving fines, the library will host free author visits, a customer appreciation day, and will have children’s programming scheduled throughout the week.

“It’s a chance for us to make awareness basically about what we have to offer,” Simpson said.

For the kids, the library will host Library Mouse Storytime on Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Customer appreciation day is Monday, Oct. 21, and the library will offer free coffee and goodies all morning.

On Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Canadian author and explorer Adam Shoalts will launch his latest book, Beyond the Trees. He will also show a multimedia presentation alongside his storytelling, which the event page labels “as entertaining as it is awe-inspiring.”

On Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., local children’s book author Stephen Bushnik will read his book Troll and Fairy, along with a few other titles which are now available for loan at the NOTL library. Bushnik writes books about acceptance, standing up to bullies, and loving yourself as you are.

And in the spirit of Halloween the library is having a Monster Party on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.

Drop-in literacy events will be held all week in the children’s section of the library.