Let Kids "Read Down" Their Fines

ImageIf you want to encourage kids to read, but their cards are blocked because of fines, consider trying a "read down" your fines project at your library.  Here are some success stories you can use as models for your library's program:

  • Children and Teens: Start a New Chapter at Queens Library Image "... we’ll take $5 off of your fees for every half hour you read inside the library. If you prefer reading at home, bring in a short book review or report and we’ll take $5 off your fees for each report you write."
  • Jackson-George Regional Library System:
    • Does Your Child Owe Fines? Read Down Fines "... children may read-down their fines by reading to themselves or to another child in lieu of paying the fine owed. Children will get $1 taken off of their fines for every 10 minutes that they read. Any print media will be accepted, including children's books, magazines, or even newspapers."
    • Library system offers read-down fines program for adults during April "The purpose of this program originally was to empower older children to do something about fines owed to the library. Due to the success of that program, we will be offering it to adults during the month of April in celebration of National Library Week."
  • Summer Reading: Read Down Your Fines (New York Public Library) "... participants in NYPL’s Read Down Your Fines program can erase all their library fines just by logging their books and reading time ..."
  • Children allowed to ‘read down’ their library fines examples include Salt Lake City Public Library System and Scottsdale Public Library System
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