From now until the end of January 2019, the Grey District Library is offering their borrowers the opportunity to read away their fines.
Borrowers with library fines are able to come into the Library, register at the Service Desk and spend some time reading. Library staff will reduce their fines based on the time they spend - $1.00 for 15 minutes or $5.00 for one hour of reading. There is no limit on how long someone can read and no restriction on what they can read. Older children could read to younger children and both get credit for the time.
“One of our team read about some public libraries in the USA offering this opportunity and we thought it was a great idea,” says Liz Burke, Library & Museum Services Manager. “This initiative will help our borrowers reduce their outstanding fees so they can continue to use their library card without interruption. I hope it will encourage and promote reading amongst our community.”
Whilst most US libraries that offer this initiative focus on children and young adults, the Grey District Library is allowing users of all ages the opportunity to read away their overdue fines. Grey District Library staff are proud to be involved in this initiative, which is reasonably unique in New Zealand and only one other library in the country (in the North Island) is known to have offered this service before.
Pop on into the Grey District Library if you want to find out more.