Kids and teens age eighteen and less are getting amnesty from overdue books, CDs and DVDs — and the late fines that go with them — from the New York Public Library. This special amnesty program is through Halloween, October 31st.
No tricks — and a treat for the more than 140,000 NYC school kids who cannot borrow books, CDs or DVDs from the New York Public Library because they have more than $15 of overdue fines.
That’s one-third of the total number of school kids with library cards in Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island (note — Brooklyn and Queens are not part of the NYPL system, and this NYPL amnesty does not apply). So clean out the closets, dig through the bookshelves, check under the bed, and return those overdue Harry Potter books and Hannah Montana CDs to the library for FREE. Incoming NYPL president Dr. Tony Marx says “we want you reading and we want you in the library”.
A big NYC on the Cheap thank you to McGraw-Hill, which donated $300,000 to the NYPL to cover the cost of the amnesty. McGraw-Hill is one of the largest textbook publishers.