Library is offering a program to reduce library fines for children
The newest program at Herrick District Library is a win-win situation for everyone involved. They are offering a program this month to help children reduce overdue fines associated with their library cards and encourage youth to read. Read Down Your Fines is offered as a temporary program in celebration of March is Reading Month.
A library policy states that anyone with more than $10 of fines and fees on their library card has limited access to library resources until payment is made to the account, so the Read Down Your Fines program provides a way for children and teens to regain access to library resources.
Here’s how the program works: Participants ages 5-17 may have $1 in fines waived for every 15 minutes of reading. Tracking sheets are available from either library location or one may be printed from herrickdl.org. Participants record their reading minutes on the form and return the sheet to either library location by April 15 to have fines waived. Only Herrick District Library fines may be waived through the program. Replacement costs, collection fees or manual charges cannot be waived. Overdue fines from other libraries also cannot be waived.
The idea was the brain child of Herrick’s North Branch Manager Mary Cook. “As a library we want to create a love of reading because reading is at the core of everything we do, but sometimes fines get in the way to having access to our library’s resources,” said Cook.
She is excited about the opportunity the program may provide to children and teens who might be able to return to the library again. “I love the idea because we are welcoming users who have been turned away from the library back into our buildings by giving them this chance. Plus, the child or teen still takes ownership of their fines through reading, which will only be beneficial in the long…