As part of the 2019/20 Budget Mansfield Shire Council has removed overdue fines for all Junior Members of the Mansfield Library.
Mayor, Cr. Harry Westendorp explained “Trials in other Victorian Libraries show one of the greatest benefits of removing fines for Junior Members is an increase in children's book loans”.
"We want to encourage kids to borrow lots of books because literacy is an essential skill for success and leads to increased confidence, empathy, creativity and knowledge.
"Library fines can contribute to significant financial hardship, especially in our children’s collection where young people can have 10, 15 or 20 books on loan at once.
"We want to ensure that the young people in our community are free to read, learn and create, and the removal of fines will empower more children and families to borrow books without fear of financial penalty,” said Cr Westendorp.
Mansfield Library’s extensive collection includes over 7000 items for children and teenagers including picture books, easy readers, junior and teen fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, audiobooks and comic books.
To benefit from the removal of fines, junior items must be loaned on a junior member’s library card so if your children don’t have their own membership card make sure you get them one next time you visit the library.
Charges still apply for lost or damaged items. Borrowers will still be given a due date and members will receive a reminder when it is time to return their books.
For more information: Melanie Hotton Community Services Manager 03 5775 8568