Mayor Lovely Warren has announced the Rochester Public Library has begun a pilot program to eliminate overdue fines for children’s and young adult books, in order to encourage use of city libraries, and eliminate a financial burden on disadvantaged families.
“We want all of our children to be able to make full use of our libraries, and overdue fines can be an undue burden on our families,” Mayor Warren stated. “With this step, we can help each of our children develop a love of reading early in life, a critical step in our efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, and better educational opportunities for our citizens.”
The program will run until June 30, and apply to books coded for children and young adults that belong to city of Rochester libraries.
The change is part of Warren’s 3 to 3 Initiative.
According to the city, data shows children who are reading at grade level by the end of third grade have a better chance at graduating high school, and becoming successful in life.
Fines will still be assessed for lost or damaged books.