We want kids to read. So we are eliminating one of the biggest impediments kids face: late fees on children’s and young adult materials.
A public library’s most important responsibility is to develop readers. And research has shown that having books in the home is a critical factor in becoming a reader. But the sad fact is, too many young people can’t borrow books because of outstanding fines.
But even though we are removing fines, kids and their caregivers will still be responsible for returning all library material—or else risk having their account suspended.
How this works:
We expect all users to return their materials on time and to renew materials if they need them for longer.
Children’s and young adult materials borrowed at the White Plains Public Library and returned late will not incur fines.
This policy only affects materials borrowed from the White Plains Public Library. The materials can be returned at any Westchester Library System library, fine free.
As always, materials that are overdue will eventually be considered lost, and patrons will be billed for the cost of the lost materials.
Library users with $25 or more in lost materials will have their library privileges suspended until the materials are returned or the bill is paid.
Now let's get reading!