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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Library News

Library News

Officials of public library in Portland investigated the effect that fines have on access to the library. They found that children in families in lower socio-economic levels are more likely to be excluded from library services than children in higher socio-economic levels due to accumulated fines.  They also noted that children from lower socio-economic levels tend to have fewer resources at home and therefore are dependent on libraries to provide access to resources such as computer time and research support that other children are likely to have in their homes.  After careful consideration, the library decided to eliminate late fines for patrons of ages 0 to 17, even though the change in policy will result in less revenue for the library.  See the announcement below.

Opening new doors to the library: no more youth fines

A message from  Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke

With Summer Reading just around the corner, Multnomah County Library is removing late fines for all youth library materials and on youth accounts (ages 0-17), effective June 15. Children's and young adult items will no longer be charged late fines. You can read more about the specifics of the new structure here.

The public library is a partner to youth, parents, families and caregivers from birth through high school. Exposing children early to a world rich with words, songs and play helps them become readers and succeed in school and in life. We proudly serve youth of all ages with high-quality books, fun and captivating programs, research resources, homework help, and caring staff who offer personal assistance.

For many, late fines are a real barrier that stops children and families from using and benefiting from the resources the public library offers. With the support of the Multnomah County Library District Board, our library is changing this practice. All existing late fines on youth accounts and materials will be removed as of June 15, 2016.

Patrons of all ages will still be responsible for returning library material for others to use within seven weeks of the due date, or be charged the replacement value of that item. 
I wish you all a summer filled with fun and reading. Won’t you please come visit us at the library?

Director of Libraries

Three cheers for the libray!


Kait said...

Bold move! I have no idea what the late fees are these days but I bet they're a LOT more than they were when I was a kid. My first thought was that by removing the fines, they were also removing accountability, but then I read on and discovered that there would be a consequence for not returning the book. Sounds like the perfect compromise to me. Well done!

Jacqueline Seewald said...


As a former librarian, I also cheer this policy. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Jim Jackson said...

Eliminating barriers to the poor is a major issue for U.S. society, although I have to admit that eliminating accountability for living up to ones agreement strikes me as problematic. I'd prefer something where kids could work off a fine with good behavior. Something like eliminating a late fine when the next two books are returned on time. Probably impractical (and of course could be gamed), so the simple approach is probably better and addresses the core poverty problem.

Margaret Turkevich said...

The Cincinnati Hamilton County system has automatic renewals; unless a book is on hold, the initial 3 week checkout period rolls over to another three weeks.

As in Portland, the borrower is required to return the book or ultimately appear with it at the library to return and re-borrow it.

Fines are expensive for DVD's, but more affordable for books.

Warren, will you follow-up with the Portland library in a few months and ask if circulation numbers were higher with no overdue fines?

Art Taylor said...

Interesting--and so nice that the library is addressing this!

Shari Randall said...

As a former children's librarian, I think this is wonderful. After all, children are at the mercy of their grownups when it comes to getting to the library to return their books.
As a former children's librarian, I know it will not take long for adults to game the system and they'll have to revise the bit about items checked out on a child's card.
But brushing that aside, kudos to them! Let nothing stand between kids and books!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I think this is a wonderful idea. I hope it expands to all libraries, although I can see the problems that others said.

Paula Gail Benson said...

What the announcement says about the library being a partner is so true. Our local library has established a satellite office in a homeless shelter to help assist people who are struggling to apply for work and learn new skills. I hope the Portland library can report this initiative is a success!