Wisconsin library letting kids work off fines by reading

A library in Wisconsin is allowing kids to earn reductions in overdue book fines by reading. (CNN Newsource)

A Wisconsin library is taking a novel approach to handling fines for kids.

The L.E. Phillips Library in Eau Claire, Wisconsin has instituted a plan that allows kids to have their fines reduced and eliminated by reading.

For every 15 minutes a child spends reading in a two-hour period on each of six days in the summer, the library reduces overdue book fines by a dollar. The goal is to make sure kids always have access to books and parents aren't having to pay for their kid's mistakes.

"The parents love it. I just had a couple of parents in on Thursday -- and their kids were able to completely take care of their fines," librarian Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer said.

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