A Wisconsin library is taking a novel approach to handling fines for kids.
The L.E. Phillips Library in Eau Claire, Wisconsin has instituted a plan that allows kids to have their fines reduced and eliminated by reading.
For every 15 minutes a child spends reading in a two-hour period on each of six days in the summer, the library reduces overdue book fines by a dollar. The goal is to make sure kids always have access to books and parents aren't having to pay for their kid's mistakes.
"The parents love it. I just had a couple of parents in on Thursday -- and their kids were able to completely take care of their fines," librarian Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer said.