No more overdue fines for kids at Whatcom County libraries

BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County library officials want to encourage kids to read, so they have decided to stop issuing fines for overdue library books in the two public library systems as of Jan. 1.

The Bellingham Herald reported library officials want to support early learning by getting library cards into youngsters’ hands.

Parents have told library staff that fines make them reluctant to get library cards for their children.

The change will affect card holders 17 and younger, who check out children and teen materials.

Youths who fail to return items on time will be notified that they’re overdue. They will be charged the cost of replacing items that are 60 days overdue. Young people still will face overdue fines if they check out materials meant for adults and don’t return them in time.

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