Oakland library may reduce, waive students’ fines

From East Bay Times

” With school out for summer, it’s the perfect time for Oakland’s youth to hit the library. It offers music, magic shows, arts and crafts activities and more — a whole litany of things for youngsters to check out.And speaking of checking things out, how about all those books, DVDs, CDs and games? In hopes of encouraging youngsters to do just that, the library is developing a pilot program to reduce or eliminate many of the fines and fees they can run up.The Oakland City Council quickly got on board with the plan, unanimously endorsing it following a presentation by Director of Library Services Gerry Garzon on July 26.”