08 May Fine Free Fun Run Update
Posted at 13:22h
The first annual Great Falls Public Library Fine Free Fun Run was a huge success! 130 participants ran and and walked hundreds of laps around Gibson Park. With donations from the Friends of the Great Falls public Library and others, fines totaling $3,211 were paid off, affecting almost 300 library card users. Many cardholders' fines were paid in the nick of time to prevent the account being sent to collections, saving money for both the library and patrons. Library patrons whose fines have been paid will be notified via mail that their library cards are back in good standing, and are encouraged to return to using the Great Falls Public Library. Library Director Susie McIntyre was one of the first participants to start running, and ran her final lap in reverse to give high-fives to other runners. Many library employees showed up early to get their donation laps in before returning to the library to work the rest of the day. The Great Falls Public Library would especially like to thank the Friends of the Library for their generous donation, as well as for providing volunteers to help staff the event. "We can't wait to do it again!" was the sentiment expressed by multiple participants and library staff. The Great Falls Public Library is already planning next year's event, and is hoping for even greater participation from both runners and donors.