Library gives children, teens, second chance to read down fines Oct. 14-19
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is giving teens and children a second chance to Read Down their fines and become active library users again.
The library held its initial Read Down Your Fines Week in June. The idea was for minor card holders age 16 and younger to pay off any fines by reading at the library. For each 15 minutes of reading, $1 was waived from fines on their account for late return of materials. In the case of very young children with fines on their cards, parents could read down the child’s fines by reading to them in the library. A total of 173 cardholders took part.
Because of a generous response to the Read Down Your Fines fundraising appeal and the positive responses from patrons, a second Read Down Your Fines week has been scheduled as part of Teen Read Week Oct. 14-19.
“Our goal remains the same, to make kids feel welcome at their library and get them reading,” said Beth Ringsmuth Stolpman, library patron services specialist. The opportunity to read down fines will be offered at all 32 GRRL locations. Young people who want to take part should speak with library staff as local procedures may vary.
“We received a terrific response to our Read Down Your Fines fundraiser. It’s clear that the goal of getting young people back to the library and reading resonated with our supporters. We’re grateful, because their donations made it possible to offer Read Down again,” said Julie Henne, associate director of public relations.
GRRL provides library services at 32 public libraries in
Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly one million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.
The Eden Valley Area Library wants you. We are looking to form a Jr. Volunteer Committee to help plan activities for EV-W teens. Please stop by the library during any of these times: Tuesday from 3-6, Wednesday from 12-3, Thursday from 3-6, Friday from 5:30-8, Saturday from 9-12 noon, to pick up an application. There are many volunteer opportunities available to match your schedule! We look forward to visiting with you and hearing some of your ideas as well. If you have any questions please call or text, Judy at (320) 266-5515, or Sandy at (320) 237-6015.
Activities in October
Story Hour – Oct. 11 - 9:30-11 a.m.
P.E.N. Writer’s group – Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 – 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Healthy Communities Partnership mtg. Oct. 23 – 6:30 p.m.
Friends of the Eden Valley Area Library will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 in the library (park behind the building). We are actively seeking new members to join the “Friends of the Library” in any capacity. Annual dues are as low as $5. One meeting per month. Help can be voluntary or financial or both. The Friends of the Library has put on several fun events already and has some exciting things coming up. Please join us.
Eden Valley Area Library has informational handouts about the new MNSURE health care. An informational video is also available to watch via computer. Eden Valley Area Library has three computers available for patrons use if you don’t have one available to you. To access the information, go to: mnsure.org, there is a two-minute video to watch. The following link will also help answer questions: www.mnsure.com/hix/
Librarians will not give advice – but can help patrons access the information on the computers.
New Eden Valley Area Library hours are: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays noon-3 p.m., Fridays 5:30-8 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.
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