Pawtucket library eliminates fines for children’s, teen materials

Pawtucket library eliminates fines for children’s, teen materials

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library is going fine free on children’s and teen materials as of July 1.

The library’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of eliminating future and past fines on these materials at their June 16 meeting.

Many libraries in the nation have concluded that fines are a barrier to library use and the Pawtucket Library agrees. “We want young people and their families to know that the Pawtucket Library is a welcoming place and they may now borrow library materials without the worry of being fined,” said Library Board President Heidi Gilkenson.

Along with the fine-free policy change, the library is also removing the existing overdue fines for children and teen materials on Pawtucket youth library card accounts. This will remove the barrier for those young patrons who have accrued fines and been prevented from borrowing materials.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted in-library programming, the library is open by appointment for children and teens to browse the collection and select good books to read. Children and teens can also participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program online. Register for the online Summer Reading program at www.pawtucketlibrary.org .