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A Better Way to Get Kids in Libraries: Stop Fining Them

“Over a million kids in New York City have public library cards. But about a fifth of them have blocked accounts due to fines.It’s not so hard to get blocked. Your card gets suspended if you hit $15 in fines. At the New York Public Library, children under 18 years old are fined 10 cents a day per book (that’s a 25 cent fine for adults). And all media, like DVDs and tapes, will cost you $3 for every late day. For many kids, they’re too intimidated to either talk to their parents or librarians about it, so they just stop going.” (via WNYC)

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