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NYC Libraries Allowing Kids A Chance to ‘Read Down’ Their Fines

In New York City, any library patron with $15 or more in fines can’t check out books. To ease this restriction, the New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library will allow 143,000 blocked kids a chance to “read down” their fines this summer.

Children who sign up on Summer Reading can take part in this program. Every fifteen minutes of reading reduces an overall fine by one dollar. The kids then record the titles and the time they spent reading on their Summer Reading 2011 account. The program kicked off on July 25th and will run until September 9th.

NYPL official Jack Martin told The NY Daily News: “Kids might be afraid or ashamed because they are delinquent with the library. The idea of this program is to bring them back in. We are in such hard economic times and children and teens depend on the library.” Do you think this is a fair trade-off? Would adults be open to “reading down” their fines too? (via BookTV)

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Authors Sign Petition Against HarperCollins Library eBook Policies

Several authors, including some currently signed with HarperCollins, have joined a petition launched by librarian Andy Woodruff protesting the publisher’s decision to limit library eBooks to 26 check-outs.

Change.org reports that HarperCollins author Marilyn Johnson wrote about her disdain in a blog post: “HarperCollins says it is working to protect its authors, but I wasn’t consulted and I had to read about this on Library Journal and on the blogs and tweets of my librarian sources. This isn’t what I want, e-books with evaporating powers! Are you kidding? No author wants to write a book with the power to disappear.”

According to the article, Cory Doctorow, Judith McQuown, and Orel Protopopescu have signed the petition. So far, Woodruff’s petition has drawn more than 65,700 signatures.

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Don’t Judge a Library Book by Its Cover

The Webster Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) tested the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

The library wrapped  several books with plain brown paper with a short description pasted on top. If the description intrigued the patron, they were required to check out the book before unwrapping it. The point is to try to withhold judgment until the content is examined.

Here’s more from the NYPL blog post: “One of the first books to go out, and one that sparked a lot of discussion, was labeled ’3,856 stories. One book.’ … The secret book in question is Meanwhile by Jason Shiga. It’s an old school ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ story, in graphic novel format, with about five thousand more twists and turns.”