Libraries Grant Fine Immunity To Promote Reading

The New York Public Library system is declaring fine immunity to over 140,000 kids who owe more than $15 in fines as long as the kids agree to participate in their summer reading program. The amnesty, known as "Read Down Your Fines," asks the kids to log in their reading time on the library's website. For every 15 minutes they read, the library wipes out $1 of fines.
"Kids might be afraid or ashamed because they are delinquent with the library," said NYPL official Jack Martin. "The idea of this program is to bring them back in.

Personally, I could have worked off over $100 worth of fines over one summer when I was a kiddo, but I know most youngsters aren't as eager as I was.

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