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Libraries Are Fining Children Who Can’t Afford to Be Without Books

“Library fines are the first serious penalties that most children run into outside the home, and for generations, they have been education and vexation.At age 10, Geoffrey Canada could not find a book he had borrowed from the library branch near Boston Road in the South Bronx.There, he regularly plowed through adventure books by Robert Louis Stevenson, science fiction, the works of Poe and Kipling. He and his three brothers each got a weekly allowance of a quarter, which would have given him a shot at paying off the 2-cent-a-day fine had it not climbed to about $1.80. His mother, raising the boys on her own, lived paycheck to paycheck.” (via The New York Times)

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