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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.

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:

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“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.

Two Cities blog, which covers Minneapolis and St. Paul City Halls, is made possible in part by grants from The Saint Paul Foundation and the Carolyn Foundation.