Read away your fines at Cumberland County libraries

Darrell Cole
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Popular program returns later this month

Children can read away their fines at the Cumberland Public Libraries between May 26 and June 9.

Cumberland Public Libraries youth services librarian Jenn Calder reads to members of the YMCA preschool on Monday. The library is holding a Read Away Your Fines Program in which children from Grades Primary to 12 can wipe away fines by reading for 30 minutes between May 26 and June 9.

AMHERST – Children across Cumberland County are being given another opportunity to read away any fines they may have as they prepare to enter the annual Summer Reading Club.

Between May 26 and June 9, children from Grade Primary to 12 can drop into any branch of the Cumberland Public Library system and read for 30 minutes. Doing so will wipe any fines off the books.

“With the summer reading clubs coming up this gives children the chance to get rid of any fines they may have,” deputy chief librarian Chantelle Taylor said. “It really helps the kids get ready for the summer reading clubs.”

With fines of $10 people cannot borrow books or spend time on the computers at any of the library branches. While the Read Away Fines Program does not cover lost or damaged items, it’s a good way for children to wipe their slates clean heading into the summer.

“It’s really popular because all they have to do is drop into any branch of the library and tell staff they want to read away their fines,” youth services librarian Jenn Calder said. “It can be $2 or $200, reading for 30 minutes wipes it clean.”

It’s one of two similar events the library has each year. Another Read Away Fines event is held every October, while there’s a program for children and adults during the Christmas season that wipes away fines in return for donations to the food bank.

Taylor said the program generally wipes away $1,000 in fines across Cumberland County.

The TD Summer Reading Club is held from June 16 until late June.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Reading Club, Cumberland Public Library

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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