Oscar Grady patrons cancel their overdue book fines by sharing a story with eager ears
They say time is money, but time spent reading — especially aloud to children — may be priceless.
Playing on that theme, the staff at Saukville’s Oscar Grady Library held a Read Down Your Fines event Saturday, March 4.
During the day, library users came in with favorite books or made selections from the shelves and read aloud — usually to listening children.
The concept was that library patrons could earn up to $5 in credit for fines owed by a family for overdue books borrowed from the library.
Library Director Jen Gerber said the concept is a way to make sure financial hardship does not keep patrons from having access to books and other library materials.
Gerber said the library used the same philosophy when it started its Food For Fines campaign, allowing patrons to earn credit for fines by donating non-perishable food items.
“We’ve had a great response to our Food For Fines program in past years, and it seemed that patrons are interested in new ways to eliminate their library fines,” she said.
“We want people to use the library, have access if they need it, and we don’t want a fine to prohibit someone from being able to use the library if its a financial hardship for them.”
Adding to the festive nature of the event, snacks and cookies were served to participants.
Gerber said the Read Down event was so well received, more are planned for the future.
Image Information: OSCAR GRADY LIBRARY patron Georgia Gromholz paid off an overdue book fine by reading aloud to her children Harper and Hudson during the March 4 Read Down Your Fine event. Photo by Sam Arendt