San Jose council might put off library changes to ‘explore’ new partnership

From San Jose Mercury News

“With kids owing nearly half of the city library’s unpaid fines or fees, San Jose leaders want to make sure youth still have access to books and are considering working with a nonprofit to replace lost or damaged children’s books.”The library ought to be seen as equal and accessible to all kids that want to learn,” said Emmett Carson, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. His organization sought out Mayor Sam Liccardo after media coverage in March highlighted a stunning $6.8 million in unpaid fees owed to the library.Carson said discussions with City Hall have been ongoing, but the idea came to light a day before the City Council was set to vote on Library Director Jill Bourne’s recommendations to improve library access, including reducing fees, lowering checkout limits and launching an amnesty program.”