Minors: Read Down Your Fines @ The Library

Subject: Library Repeats Opportunity for Minors to Erase Fines

St. Cloud, MN, December 2015: Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is repeating its “Read Down Your Fines” promotion, giving teens and children the opportunity to erase fines on their library cards and borrow library materials again.

Read Down Your Fines will take place at all 32 branches of the Great River Regional Library from Monday, Dec. 21 through Saturday, Jan. 2. For each 15 minutes of reading at the library during that period, $1 will be waived from fines on the accounts of minors ages 16 and under. Parents will be allowed to read down the fines of their young children by reading to them in the library. Procedures at each library may vary. Minors who want to read down their fines should speak with library staff.

This will be the library’s fifth Read Down Your Fines promotion. The initial Read Down Your Fines took place in June, 2013, following a successful fundraising appeal. The promotion continues to be supported by fundraising, which ensures that the loss of fines doesn’t have a negative effect on budgets.

“This program gives children and teens a positive way to reduce or eliminate their fines,” said Beth Ringsmuth Stolpman, library patron services specialist. “The time spent reading helps them clear their accounts and be able to check out items, and the generosity of donors makes this possible.“

GRRL provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.