Wipe Your Slate Clean: Read Down Fines!

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By Roswell Encina

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is launching a year-long campaign called Read Down Fines to help children and teens reduce or eliminate their library fines.

Kid Reading

It's easy to participate:

  • Children and teens  check-in with a librarian at any Pratt Library branch citywide.
  • Afterwards they can read a book, magazine, newspaper, textbook, or e-reader at the library and earn Pratt Bucks.
  • Children 12 and under earn one Pratt Buck for every 15 minutes of supervised reading time, and teens ages 13 to 17 earn one Pratt Buck for every 30 minutes.
  • One Pratt Buck is equivalent to one dollar, and can be turned in at the Circulation Desk to pay down late fines and other library fees.
  • We still encourage patrons to return overdue materials.

"We’re hoping this campaign will allow kids and teens to reconnect with the library," said Carla D. Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. "We found that library fines were an obstacle to some kids and teens because they could not pay. Read Down Fines will eliminate this obstacle and have them reading again."

Currently, there are nearly 43,000 young people with Pratt Library cards who have fines.

Children and young adults can read down their fines at Pratt Library programs like Storytime, PAWS to Read, and more. Check the calendar for events at your local branch. This program will run until December 31, 2013.

Hi! I am a teacher at Archbishop Borders School in Highlandtown and would like to bring my students to the Southeastern Branch, but one of my students accumulated over $200 in fines a few years back due to fraudulent use of his card. Is your Read Down Fines program still in effect? Thanks!
Posted by: Cait Dougherty( Visit ) at 10/15/2015 5:57 p.m.

Cait, The Read Down Fines program is still in effect! Someone from the SouthEast Branch will be in touch with your shortly.
Posted by: Ryan O'Grady, Pratt Library( Visit ) at 10/16/2015 2:08 p.m.

This is a huge relief for me since I'm such a forgetful person. Can't wait to make up the fines instead of stressing about how on earth I'll pay them
Posted by: Janice at 1/24/2016 5:35 p.m.

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