July 26, 2011
The New York Public Library to Forgive Kid's Late Fees
The New York Public Library announced that they will be forgiving some late fees owed by kids and young adult readers. The library had previously banned readers whose fees had grown to over $15. There were over 143,000 kids with fees over $15 who could no longer check out books. Now the library has a plan to forgive their fees and bring the kids back to the library.
There is a catch, however! But it's a good one, we promise. In order to reduce the amount of late fees owed, kids can take part in the library's summer reading program. For each 15 minutes that they read, $1 will be removed from what they owe. That's not too bad a deal and it should help to bring a lot of kids back to the library and reading books.
This should also help to get some long overdue books returned to the library. Once a kid signs up for the read down your fines program, they won't have to pay fines on currently overdue books. They can return those books to the library and additional fees won't be added on. Hopefully this will get some long overdue books back in circulation.
The name of the program is called the Read Down Your Fines program. There are a few steps kids can take to sign up and get started. All of the details can be found on the New York Public Library website at www.nypl.org/readdown.
We at Ducksters think this is a great idea. The program should get some kids who were scared to come to the library because of the fines to come back. On top of that it provides an opportunity for kids to work off their own fines. They don't have to count on their parents or ask their parents for money. Plus they work off fines by reading books. Wow, what a great way to make some money doing something that is so much fun anyway!
The program runs from July 25, 2011 to September 9, 2011. The library says that everything, including the fines, will return to normal after the 9th. So if you have a big fine, be sure to get signed up and started today.
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