The Saint Paul Public Library will be offering a "Read Down" for kids, teens, and families May 15 through June 15. Kids, teens, and adults reading with kids will be able to read fines and fees off of their library cards. For every 15 minutes spent reading in the library, participants will have their fines reduced by one dollar.
The timing of the Read Down will allow youth and their families to clear their cards in time for the library's Summer Reading Program, which kicks off June 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. "I am delighted that Saint Paul libraries are offering this program, a testament to Saint Paul's creativity and commitment to keeping our economy healthy and our kids educated."
"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," said Karen Kolb Peterson, Youth Services Manager.
Kids, teens, and adults reading with kids can participate in the Read Down at any of the 13 Saint Paul Public Libraries and the Bookmobile. They just need to check in with a staff member before finding a comfy spot to read.