Literacy push: L.A. libraries allow young people to read away their fines

After realizing that their system of fines for lost and late books was actually preventing kids and young people from reading more, L.A. libraries instituted a new program that's already showing results. The program, the Great Read Away, is an opportunity for kids to "read away" their fines, erasing $5 of the fine for each hour spent reading. "During the program’s first 11 months, young readers logged 1.6 million minutes of reading time, and 10,000 accounts were cleared completely of fines."

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