Children and teens who participate in Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will have their overdue fines erased following a decision by the Board of Trustees.
Summer Reading – with the science-based themes “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for children and "Spark a Reaction" for teens begins at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., June 16. The library offers a wide variety of programs for ages newborn and up. Even if they do not participate in a program, children can track the time they spend reading or being read to using a Reading Log and can claim a prize for each three hours of reading time.Teens can keep a log, too, and turn it in to be eligible for a drawing at the end f the summer for a Kindle Fire HDX.
Just by picking up a Reading Log or participating in a program children and teens up to 18 can have their late fees forgiven.
“Summer Reading is just too important to have fines keep children away from the library,” explained Library Director Bette Ammon. “We know that children who spend part of the summer reading or being read to will return to school in the fall better able to resume learning.”
“But, also, we have a lot of fun at the library and it would be a shame to have any children miss it,” she said.
The fee adjustment does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.
“But if charges on your library card are keeping you from using the library,” Ammon added, “come in and talk to us. We accept payments toward bringing a charge down.”
Information about Summer Reading is available at the library website, www.cdalibrary.org, or by calling 208-769-2315 Ext. 438. Or visit the library for a brochure.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.