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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Interactive player Europeana Radio opens up access to Europe’s sound treasures

“Europeana Radio marks the beginning of easy and interactive access to Europe’s sound treasures, where listeners are free to browse, listen and tag. The player contains over 200.000 historic music tracks collected from sound archives across twelve European countries, including content from the Internet Archive. Europeana Radio is launched by Europeana Sounds and Europeana Foundation.”
(via Internet Archive Blogs)

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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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Down With Little Free Library Book Exchanges!

“The take-a-book, leave-a-book movement has gone global. As of last year, Little Free Libraries—those birdhouse-looking book-stops that pop up in people’s front yards—were represented in every U.S. state. Little Free Library has now touched down in more than 70 other countries. These book exchanges are now 50,000 strong and growing. And at least one person wants to put a stop to them. “There was something that kind of irked me about the title,” says Jane Schmidt, librarian at Ryerson University in Toronto. (via CityLab)

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Legislation increasing representation on King County Library Board signed by Governor Inslee

“Governor Inslee signed into law legislation sponsored by Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon expanding the King County Library System (KCLS) board of trustees from five to seven members. House Bill 1281 updates the board to better represent the growing and diverse population of those served by the library system. Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn worked together with Representative Fitzgibbon to get the bill through the State Legislature.”
(via King County)

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