Reading Public Library launches new fine forgiveness program

Adults can pay down fines with food donations; children by reading

READING, Pa. - The Reading Public Library has developed a couple unique ways for its patrons to pay down their overdue book fines.

The "Food for Finds" program is for adult patrons; the "Read Down Fines" program is for children. Both will run between Aug. 18 and 29.

Adults who owe money for overdue books can pay down their fines with donations of canned or non-perishable food items to the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Items can be dropped off at the circulation desk of the main library on South Fifth Street or at one of the three branches during regular library hours between Aug. 18 and 29.

For each item donated, $1 will be deducted from the overdue account, library officials said.

Children and teens who owe money for overdue books can reduce their fines by reading a book, comic book, magazine, newspaper, textbook or eReader at the library.

For every 15 minutes of supervised reading, children in kindergarten through sixth grade will earn one "RPL buck;" seventh through 12th graders will earn one "RPL buck" for every 30 minutes of supervised reading.

One "RPL buck" is equivalent to $1 worth of overdue fines.

Fliers provided by the Reading Public Library provide more information about both the Food for Fines and the Read Down Fines programs.

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