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Got fines? Read them away

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on June 17, 2012 at 8:31 am with 3 Comments »
June 12, 2012 5:49 pm

Children, ‘tweens and teens can earn coupons for up to $5 off their Pierce County Library fines – by reading more.

This summer, kids can “read down” fines they have accumulated for not turning in books and other materials on time. The goal is to help families out at a time when many are strapped for cash, and to engage kids in reading over the summer. For the first 10 hours kids read as part of the library’s summer reading program, they can earn a coupon for up to $5 off library fines.

The summer reading program also gives young readers a chance to earn prizes, including a free pass to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or Northwest Trek. Children ages 3-11 who read at least 15 hours may enter a drawing for an iPod Touch, a gift from the Pierce County Library Foundation.

Teens can earn points in an online game, as well as share reviews of books, music, movies and places. One lucky teen chosen at random from among top point-earners in the game will win an iPad from the library foundation.

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  1. tree_guy says:

    Library late fees are an asset of the local taxpayers. On a balance sheet they would be categorized under “accounts recievable.”

    Children who are told that the payment of late fines is no big deal learn a valuable life lesson. Don’t pay your bills and somehow they will magically disappear.

    So this policy diminishes the assets of the library system and provides a questionable life lesson. I guess all things are possible under our new spirit of progressive enlightenment.

  2. dirtydan54 says:

    Gravity not been very kind to treeguy to realize that most all of ones bills is satisfied by working to pay off your debt. This is one of those opportunities to teach children that when a child creates a situation that is created from such simple things such as forgetting a due date and a fine is created that mommy or daddy would ordinarily satisfy is a great way to educate children that there is usually a price to pay for ones actions in situations like this.

    I believe it’s a great opportunity for kids to actually experience and learn some of lifes little lessons and perhaps help develop a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions from incidences like this rather than some serious incidences and consequences later as they grow up.

    My suggestion to tree guy would be to be aware of the power of gravity and the height of the tree he may find himself in.

  3. slasmith says:

    To realize the true effects of gravity Dirty an needs to look no farther than the mirror. Those red bump on your knees, those are your nipples.

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