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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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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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57 Years Later, Even the Library Had Stopped Counting the Fines

“In her 20th-floor apartment on the East Side of Manhattan, on a recent Saturday afternoon, Barbara Roston was busy explaining that she was definitely not a thief.“It was a youthful indiscretion,” she said, “I didn’t mean to steal it.”And yet, there it was, sitting on her desk: A faded green copy of “Gone With the Wind,” by Margaret Mitchell, that belonged to the Brooklyn Public Library. It was 57 years overdue.” (via The New York Times)

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Florida plastic surgeon to return Kanawha library book overdue from 1970s, donate $500

“A Florida doctor who checked out “So You Want to Be a Doctor” from the Kanawha County Library and later became a successful plastic surgeon is returning the long overdue book he checked out in the 1970s and donating $500.Dr. Michael Kelly, a graduate of Charleston High School, is a plastic surgeon in Miami and owns Miami Plastic Surgery, according to a news release from the library.” (via wchstv)

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Agreement ends prosecution in Tecumseh’s overdue library book case

“Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrote a “happy” ending Tuesday to a delinquent Tecumseh District Library book case. Criminal misdemeanor charges against a Tecumseh couple for failure to return rented property were dismissed in Lenawee County District Court. Defendants Melvin and Catherine Duren paid all delinquent book fees and the replacement cost of a Dr. Seuss book they were unable to find.” (via The Daily Telegram)

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