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St. Paul library scofflaws can reduce their fines by reading more

Adults and kids who have fines for overdue books in the St. Paul Library system can reduce those fines by reading in the library, from May 15 to June 15.

Every 15 minutes spent reading in the library cuts the fines by $1.

“This program allows library users to reduce fines in a productive way and encourages and promotes learning during that critical out-of-school-time for our students,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.

Karen Kolb Peterson, Youth Services Manager at the library, said:

“Many youth fall behind in education during the summer months. By improving access to library materials, we hope that we can help with this problem.”

The fine-cutting reading can be done at any of the city’s 13 libraries or the Bookmobile. Check in first with a librarian to get credit.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 05/15/2012 - 07:33 am.

    The book, the child and a quiet place…the Public Library

    The leaves on the Elms hanging low over the basement entrance of the old Carnegie library had reached the deeper shade of greens of mid-summer. It was almost the Fourth of July and you had more than exceeded the number of books to be read in order to receive a special certificate from the librarian for the children’s department.

    It was a motivational program to ensure a full summer of reading for children exploring the world of books even during summer vacation.

    But in some ways it was not necessary because TV and the computer had not arrived with all its overpowering alternative to distract the child’s joy of reading a book.

    This is an innovative idea by St Paul Library.

    A book,and a cool silent place can be an oasis while traffic and city dust and honking horns scream their own madness outside the library.

  2. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 05/15/2012 - 11:06 am.

    Footnote on books and librarians…

    …and book collectors and book lovers and book looters:

    “The Great Book Robbery” on Al Jazeera is a recent video/story on their “WITNESS” program at the bottom of the ‘page’. It’s quite a book tale that deserves exposure by anyone who respects books and human rights?

    “When the Arab-Israeli war waged in 1948 Israeli librarians followed soldiers as they entered Palestinian homes in towns and villagers…” The mission was to collect books from looted private residences; private libraries.

    Looting private libraries; or were they collecting or preserving?

    Were they not taking away history; fiction and non-fiction from the Palestinian people?

    Have a long history as reader/book collector of Jewish scholar/philosopher Martin Buber; his writings and philosophy. His voice was a wise exception to the Israeli positions of dominance, and arrogant treatment of the Palestinian.

    Buber as a scholar must have been aware of the looting of the Palestinian legacy of written manuscripts and books? Where was his voice? Did he speak up at the time?

    I don’t know.

    Funny thing how we miss or fail to speak out; to visualize the ‘Now’, the present moment…and yet, later, live to see it disappear because we failed to recognize the probable future loss of ‘same’ back then; which is essentially Now?

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