More Local Libraries Are Forgiving Late Fees On Books

More Local Libraries Are Forgiving Late Fees On Books

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If you check out one of the many books at Hay Memorial Library in Sackets Harbor and forget to return it on time, you may be surprised by the library's late fee.

"We just don't charge fines to begin with," said Katie Male-Riordan, library director.

Hay Memorial Library isn't the only library forgiving late fees on books. About a dozen libraries in the north country do the same thing and libraries across the country are taking part in the trend. 

Susan Mitchell, the director of the North Country Library System, says it's especially important for young readers.

"Proficient readers are more likely to graduate from high school, earn higher salaries over their lifetime. This very small investment in children is a great investment in our future," she said.

At Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, late fees are forgiven for a certain age group.

"For seniors, 65 and older, they're usually on a very fixed income and they are one of our many great patrons," said Yvonne Reff, Flower Memorial Library director.

Reff says the library also allows anyone to check out a book even if they do have a late fee on another book. So you can feel free to read without the pressure of having to pay. 

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