Read Down Your Fines with "Dewey Bucks"
Starting in June, the Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) is implementing a new way for children to pay overdue fines on their library cards. Children and teens up to age 17 can participate in this program by signing up with a Youth Service staff member at their local library. For every 15 minutes spent reading they will receive a "Dewey Buck" which can be spent at the Library’s circulation desk to remove overdue fines, purchase a replacement card, or buy a book bag.
While in the library, children get credit for:
- Reading by themselves.
- Reading to/with younger children.
- If children are reading to each other, both earn credit.
Any print media will be accepted, e.g. books, magazines and newspapers. Any fines must be paid first before any other purchase. The credit does not apply to charges for lost or damaged materials.
Recently, we had a 14 year old come to "Read Down" her fines. She had over $24 of overdue fines on her card; as a result, she hasn’t been able to use her card in a long time. After asking for a book recommendation from the Head of Youth Services, she sat down and read "13 Reasons Why," by Jay Asher for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
"I congratulated her and pointed out that she is well on her way to bringing that fine down to nothing in no time. She promised to be back tomorrow to continue reading her new favorite book. What a great sign that this is going to be a very worthwhile program!" said Alissa Neumayer, the Head of Youth Services at Main Library.