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Eugene library eliminates fines for children, teen items

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Hannah Rhee, left, listens as her sister Maya Rhee tells her about a part of the story in the book "Invisible Emmie" while visiting the Eugene Public Library on Thursday. Maya is a voracious reader and had a stack of books ready to check out. [Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard] - registerguard.com
Hannah Rhee, left, listens as her sister Maya Rhee tells her about a part of the story in the book "Invisible Emmie" while visiting the Eugene Public Library on Thursday. Maya is a voracious reader and had a stack of books ready to check out. [Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard] - registerguard.com Photo Gallery

EUGENE, Ore. — In a move to help encourage young readers, as of Jan. 1, the Eugene Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on children’s and teen items in its collection.

Additionally, any existing overdue fines for children’s and teen items will be removed from accounts.

As a result, many Eugene Public Library cards that are currently blocked because of overdue fines will again be free to use.

The new approach is based on the item, not on the age of the borrower. Overdue fines will not be charged for items in the library’s children’s or teen collections. Items include books, movies, music and other borrowable items. Children’s items are marked with labels starting with J, for juvenile. Teen items are marked with labels starting with YA, for young adult. Overdue fines will continue to be charged for adult items.

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