Eau Claire library lets kids read off their fines

By: Jenny You Email
By: Jenny You Email

Read Off Your Fines:
July 29       1-3 p.m.
July 31       1-3 p.m.
August 2    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
August 5    1-3 p.m.
August 7    1-3 p.m.
August 9    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

15 minutes = $1 off your fines

Ask for more information at the Youth Services Desk
For more details call 715-839-5007

Even with late fees from overdue books, kids at the local library can get their hands on some of their favorite books by reading off their IOU's.

Over at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, youth 18 and under are able to read to get rid of some of their overdue fees. It's called Read Off Your Fines.

According to the library, overdue books fines can stack up. The Eau Claire library sees late fees in the thousands of dollars.

Ashley Bieber with Youth Services at the library said it's a program that will helps kids as they learn about responsibility.

"They come to to the youth services desk and we fill out a little card for them that has information on their name, card number, their number of Eau Claire fines that they have and then they can read either in the Youth Services program room or upstairs in the young adults lounge and for every 15 minutes that they read they get a dollar off their fine," said Bieber. She said the program is only valid for Eau Claire fines.

The number of days and hours that can be spent reading to get rid of fines are already set (hours and dates are listed to the side). In all, kids can spend 12 hours reading off their fines, 15 minute = $1 and there's potential to read off $48 in fines.

"It's a fun way for kids to pay off their fines because all they have to do is read which is a great opportunity to strengthen your brain over the long summer stretch of no school," said Bieber. She said the summer hours have been busy with kids finishing of their reading goals at the library. Many of these kids are too young to have jobs. So if they have their own library card and happen to have some overdue fees, Read Off Your Fines is a program to take advantage of.

12-year-old Emma Solas came to read and find books with her sister Adi and their father. The two sisters love to read and dance and were looking for dance-related books. For a young age, Emma has got it figured out. She said Read Off Your Fines is a good excuse to go to the library and simply open up a book.

"Say I have a lot of overdue books and if I read so many books, I won't have to pay that whole amount so I can get money taken off of that so it won't cost me as much and plus I get a lot of reading in for the summer," said Emma.

As for adults, they are responsible for their own late fees and can't read off their fines.

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