The McCracken County Public Library recently launched its inaugural "Library Secret Santa" campaign to go toward paying off the fines and fees of local youth whose library cards are currently blocked.

The campaign was inspired by an anonymous donor who approached Susan Baier, the library's director, with their wish to keep fees and fines from standing in the way of children's access to the library's resources.

"Approximately 17% of our card holders under 18 have their accounts blocked due to fees exceeding $10," Baier said. "Often when children lose a library book, it's through no fault of their own. We were incredibly touched when this donor came forward and wanted to help, and we wanted to give others the opportunity to give the gift of the library to youth as well."

Donations can be made to the library foundation at or by check in person or via mail to the McCracken County Public Library Foundation, c/o Library Secret Santa, 555 Washington St., Paducah, KY 42003. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 20.

Anyone under 18 can apply to have their fees waived through Dec. 13 in person at the library or online at Priority will be given to those with fees exceeding $10.

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