Have you been avoiding the library because you're embarrassed by the overdue fines you accrued during your "50 Shades of Grey" obsession? Kalamazoo Public Library forgives you during Fine Forgiveness Week. Between October 23rd and October 29th, walk in to any KPL branch, and say you'd like your fines forgiven.

It's just that easy.

I don't think you even have to whip out the doe-eyes or trembling bottom lip; no reason to make a big production out of it. Just ask, and you are forgiven.

According to their website:

Lost and damaged materials charges are not included. Patrons must request their fines waived in person, phone and email requests will not be honored.

Fine Forgiveness Week is inspired by the story of a Benton Harbor police officer who falsified documents incriminating an innocent man, sending him to prison for four years. Eventually, the discovery was made that the police officer lied.  The man was released; the officer was jailed. Upon his release they bumped in to each other and, through time, became friends. Hear them tell their story October 25th, 6:00pm, at the Kalamazoo Public Library Alma Powell Branch.