Library in Los Angeles allow kids To Pay Their Late Fee by Reading Books, this is an excellent way to read. Late library fees can be a pain on the ass, even if you’re an adult with a stable income.
Now, try to pay a fine for a late Judy Bloom, or R.L. Stine book when you’re a kid with a tiny allowance to work. Not only will you fail, you’ll be dissuaded in failing to check out more books. That’s not good and librarians are aware of that. Luckily, the Los Angeles public library system may have finally come up with a better solution to help children pay late fees: encouraging them to “read away” the debt.
L.A. County libraries will no longer charge late fees for readers under 21 due to County supervisors voting. But, for children with outstanding fines. L.A. Libraries will request that the accrued debt to be read off at a rate of $5 per hour. The “reading away” program begin in June, strikes a balance between encouraging children to return books and encouraging kids to read. Promoting literacy is, after all, a good part of the reason we have public libraries in the first place.
An L.A. county’s assistant library administrator for youth services told the Los Angeles Times that the county library system has cleared 3,500 children with outstanding fines since the program began – even before official decision drop fines. “The parents express their gratitude and relief,” added a children’s librarian at East L.A. Library. “This reduces the pressure on a lot of families.” She says that at least 100 students read their debts per week at her branch.
Earlier this year, public libraries in New York City instituted a similar amnesty program which gave a clean slate to nearly 927,000 youth with $2.25 million in outstanding fines. However, New York has not implemented a debt read-out program. To put it another way, the Big Apple needs a long-term solution. One very good choice might be the amnesty and literacy plan of the L.A. County.
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