Kids at the New York Public Library had the opportunity to read away their fines this summer! This article, "New York scheme for 143,000 kids to work off library fines: Reading" describes how fewer and fewer kids are coming to the library, because they have too many fines. Jack Martin, the NYPL assistant director, noted that often when kids have fines, they are too embarrassed to come to the library, and are then less likely to take advantage of any library services. At NYPL, almost 143,000 kids have lost their borrowing privileges because of excessive fines. Read Down Your Fines at NYPL allowed these kids to take $1 off of their library fines for every 15 minutes of reading. What a great summer program!