North East UK news Libraries drop late fees as council encourages people to come in out of the cold PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - All libraries run by North Tyneside Council are scrapping late fees from December as the cold sets in
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Bookworms afraid to pop into the library because of overdue novels lurking on the shelf at home can now breathe a sigh of relief. North Tyneside Council is doing away with late fees across all its libraries from December 1, in the hope of encouraging more people to borrow books. The “amnesty” will also see all historic fines cancelled - meaning anyone with a long overdue book can return it with nothing to pay. Read more: Hundreds of fans gather at Gateshead Stadium for charity match in memory of Tomasz Oleszak “Fines have been standard practice in public libraries for more than a century, originally to get people to return books on time,” said councillor Sandra Graham, who oversees libraries at North Tyneside Council. “Without a fine, it was thought that there would be nothing to stop people returning books late - or never - which would prevent other people from reading them.
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.” Coun Graham said as the council promotes the use of its libraries as spaces for people to keep warm this winter, she wants to give "a little extra help for people during these tough times”. The reform comes as The Sun recently reported one man returned a book to a library in Coventry after 84 years. Red Deer, by Richard Jefferies, was taken out from Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library in 1938 - and was returned by the reader’s grandson more than eight decades later, incurring a fine of £18.27. Read next: Family release picture as teenager who died in suspected knife attack in Gateshead is named Growing collection of floral tributes left at scene as Gateshead mourns 14-year-old Tomasz Oleszak 'An amazing friend to many' - Gateshead mourns loss of 14-year-old boy as police launch murder investigation Murder probe launched after 14-year-old boy dies following alleged stabbing in Gateshead Springwell murder investigation: Updates as police name 14-year-old who died in knife attack
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