Libraries enact new, unified rules

The Umatilla County Special Library District, in cooperation with 11 city libraries in the district and in Hermiston will begin using the same circulation policies, including fines and fees.

The new rules will go into effect by Aug. 31. They were drafted by library directors and reviewed by the city library boards. A 60-day implementation period for the rules began July 1.

Highlights of the new rules include three-week check-outs for most materials with a three-day grace period; seven-day check-outs for videos and high demand items with a one-day grace period; and most items may be renewed once for an additional three weeks if others aren't waiting.

A full description of the rules is available by clicking below. Click on the "About UCSLD" link.

Bike rodeo in Athena offers safety tips, fun

ATHENA - A bike rodeo, offering fun and safety tips for children of all ages, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 21, at Athena Elementary School for the residents of Athena, Weston, Helix, Adams and surrounding areas. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

Children should bring their bicycles and helmets. There will be hot dogs and beverages provided and each participant will receive goodie bags. A bicycle, donated by Wal-Mart, will be given away to one of the children present.

There will also be a car seat clinic, including fitting and safety information. The event is sponsored by the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Athena Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police.

Volunteers are needed to help. Call Morgan Dunlap at 310-8550 to volunteer.

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