NYPL Fine Amnesty Summer Reading Manhattan Fine Amnesty Program Aims to Keep Manhattanites Reading The New

York Public Library is giving patrons amnesty from their overdue fines to keep them reading during the summer. By Kareem Johnson DNAinfo Reporter/Producer MANHATTAN ² Fear not, readers with overdue fines. The New York Public Library is giving its patrons an opportunity to eliminate their fines and keep them reading this summer through a fine amnesty initiative, which launched on Monday. There are over 140,000 patrons under 18 with overdue fines citywide, the New York Daily News reported. Overdue fines are sometimes an impediment for kids to keep visiting the library, with borrowing privileges suspended when a borrower hits $15 dollars in fines. Amy Geduldig, an NYPL spokesperson told DNAinfo the program is part of the Summer Reading program. Patrons could read down their fines by reading books, newspapers, magazines and listening to audio books. ³It¶s for children and teens,´ Geduldig said. She said that the library is aware that difficulties paying fines can sometimes also scare patrons away. Geduldig said the goal is to keep children and teens reading over the summer. For every 15 minutes read, they can reduce their overdue fines by a dollar. Patrons can also read down their fines on lost materials as well, Geduldig said. Patrons can visit a library branch to sign up for the amnesty program or visit the Summer Reading website for more information. The program runs through September 9.

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