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FREE LIBRARY'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES ADOPTS INCREASE IN FINES FOR OVERDUE BOOKS

 FREE LIBRARY'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 ADOPTS INCREASE IN FINES FOR OVERDUE BOOKS
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Fines for overdue library books will be going up.
 The board of trustees of the Free Library today approved an increase in fines for overdue books for adults from the current 5 cents a day to 15 cents a day per book. The fines for overdue children's books will increase from 1 cent a day to 3 cents a day per book.
 An effective date has not been announced; however, the library is tentatively targeting April 1 for implementing the new fine schedule.
 In addition to the new fine structure, the library has reached an agreement with the city which will allow for the additional fine revenue to be used to fund expanded library outreach programs, such as the LEAP after-school program, and a new office of community participation. Under the current system, all fines collected are entered into the city's general fund.
 "This new arrangement with the city will allow us to expand services and use the added monies to fund exciting new initiatives, as well as existing programs like our after-school LEAP program for latchkey children," said Elliot Shelkrot, president and director of the Free Library. "Of course, the whole idea of fines is still to get the books back in circulation as quickly as possible. This increase will encourage people to bring back books faster and therefore make more books available to library users."
 The maximum fine on an adult book will increase from $5 per book to $15. The maximum fine on a children's book will remain at $1 per book. Fines for other library materials will also increase, including pamphlets, audio-cassettes, CDs and records.
 "This brings us in line with other libraries in the region and across the country," said Gloria Twine Chisum, chair of the board of trustees. "The Free Library's children's fines will still be the lowest in the country and the fines for adults will be comparable to other urban public libraries."
 The Free Library currently collects about $250,000 a year in revenues from fines. The increase is expected to raise an additional $250-300,000 per year to fund the outreach programs and the new office.
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