The Abilene Public Library strives to support the development of children and youth and we believe that reading and access to material is extremely important. We also realize that things happen and sometimes a child's access to library material is blocked due to overdue fines. A great new program called Read Down Your Fines promises to help kids (and young adults) clear their records.
To kick off this new program, all kid and teen programs for the week of May 20-26 will be designated as "Read Down Your Fines" programs. That includes storytimes, Tabletop Teens, Mother Goose on the Loose, and more. Then on Saturday the 26th, there will be a day-long reading marathon. Stop by the circulation desk or talk top a librarian before you head to a program to check on your account.
Beginning June 2, every first Saturday will be a "Read Down Your Fines" day at all three branches of the library. Kids can check in with a staff member, make themselves comfortable in the reading area, and start reading! For every 15 minutes of reading during the special program, 50 cents of overdue fines will be forgiven from their account.
There will also be special events during the year. Storytimes, teen programs, and many of our other great programs will be designated "Read Down Your Fines" events and kids can earn vouchers for attending.
Children who are non-readers can earn vouchers by attending special programs or listening to someone reading to them. (If an older child reads to another, both can earn vouchers)!
Of course there is always small print. The following restrictions apply to the "Read Down Your Fines" program. The program is for juvenile cards only and can be applied only to overdue fines and replacement card fees. Costs for lost or damaged items, processing, printing, and non-resident fees, or merchandise purchases, do not qualify. Minimum reading time is 15 minutes and must take place in the library in the designated area during a dedicated "Read Down Your Fines" event. No electronic devices will be allowed. Vouchers must be redeemed the day they are earned and can be applied toward current fines only. Vouchers have no clash value, and are not transferable.
So if your kids have been avoiding the library due to overdue fines, now is the time for a fresh start! For more information, or if you have questions, call the library at 325-677-2474.
Article Contributed by Marie Noe, Customer Services Manager