A Fine-Free Library

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Beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 14, the Livingston Library will join several other Essex County libraries in no longer charging fines for most overdue materials. We think this is a great way to encourage residents who have been missing out to return to our wonderful library and all the resources it provides our community.

According to library director Amy Babcock Landry, close to 2,200 Livingston accounts have each accrued more than ten dollars in fines, including 800 accounts classified as juvenile, in seventh grade or lower. Of those accounts, 436 were in use within the last year. The hope is that those hundreds of young readers will return if the worry of overdue fines is eliminated. Typically, fines most affect children and senior citizens, those likeliest to take advantage of the library’s vast array of services.

 

 

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