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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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San Jose weighs amnesty for massive $6.8 million in unpaid library fines

“There was a time when Juan Diaz wouldn’t step foot inside a local library. The 24-year-old carpenter owed hundreds of dollars in late fees and additional fines for 35 books he lost over four years — many of which were eaten by his beloved but mischievous husky, Thena.”It made me avoid the library because I know I can’t check a book out,” Diaz said.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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Saskatoon Public Library waives nearly $1 million in overdue fees

“The head of Saskatoon’s YWCA is applauding the public library for scrubbing almost $1 million in unpaid fees from the books. “We’ve got mums in our shelter who probably have fines that have excluded them from borrowing anything and so their children suffer from that,” said Barb Macpherson, executive director of the Saskatoon YWCA. “Accessing libraries and the resources there enrich any community and, if kids don’t have that opportunity at a young age to understand what they can gain from the library, it impacts them.” (via The Star Phoenix)

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Ramen noodles make library’s Food for Fines fail list

“Ramen noodles might be adequate enough to feed hungry college students and folks on a budget, but the square-block packages don’t hold up well in food drives. Which is why the Salem Public Library, in announcing its annual Food for Fines amnesty promotion next month, put ramen noodles on the list of unacceptable foods. Library administrator BJ Toewe said the library follows the recommendations of the Marion-Polk Food Share food bank, the beneficiary of the library’s food drive.” (via Statesman Journal)

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Brooklyn Public Library hauls in $1.6 million in overdue fines–but $300M in repairs await

“This fine news isn’t enough to help fund much-needed repairs at the cash-strapped Brooklyn Public Library.The library hauled in $1.6 million in fines in 2013, but that’s chump change for a system that needs $300 million dollars in restoration work.The fines were also slightly down from the $1.9 million collected in 2012. That’s in part due to an increase in e-books, which automatically disappear from the digital devices on their due date.Still, library officials said last year’s total was about right.” (via NY Daily News)

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