Purr-fect solution: Public library clears fines with cat pics

Purr-fect solution: Public library clears fines with cat pics

A public library has faced a surge of overdue fines since the pandemic and decided to find a new way to clear the backlog.

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Are overdue fines keeping you from enjoying your library to the fullest? Maybe it’s time we learn from the Worcester Public Library in Massachusetts, USA.

Their 'March Meowness' programme is turning heads and clearing shelves of pesky fines by swapping them for adorable cat pictures or drawings.

Jason Homer, the library's executive director, is encouraging everyone to join in on the fun.

"Even if you're not a cat person, you can still participate. Draw a tiger, a lion or any big cat and we'll gladly accept it," he shared with NBC Boston.

This innovative initiative comes as a response to a surge in overdue fines, especially among young library users, during the pandemic. 

Since its launch, the programme has been a roaring (meowing?) success, forgiving over 400 accounts in just the first five days!

But wait, there's more!

Don't have a cat? No problem! The library is open to accepting "honorary cats", which include pictures or drawings of dogs, raccoons, whales or any other furry (or not-so-furry) friend you can imagine.

Here’s to hoping our libraries in Durban catch onto this paws-itively brilliant idea soon!

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