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Fine Free Children’s Books & Magazines

Starting November 20, children’s books and magazines checked out at a Kenosha Public Library branch will no longer accrue overdue fines. Fees will still apply for damaged and lost items.

What materials does this apply to?

Children’s books and magazines will be signified by a call number beginning with J, E, R, or TODDLER.
For example:

Title: Charlotte's Web
Call number: J Fiction White

Title: Pigs
Call Number: J 636.4 N429

Title: I Love You Like a Pig!
Call Number: E BA

Title: Porky and Bess
Call Number: R WE

Teen materials will continue to accrue overdue fines.

Why is KPL doing this?

We believe that children’s academic success depends on access to the library. We see overdue fines as a barrier to service for young children whose families cannot afford even small fees or have limited access to transportation. In order to ensure equitable access to our materials, KPL is eliminating overdue fines on children’s books and magazines to remove the unnecessary stress, fear, or apprehension of library use. We are forgiving current fines on children’s books and magazines to welcome back library users whom we haven’t seen in awhile.

Will I be charged overdue fines on items owned by other libraries?

You won’t be charged overdue fines on any children’s book or magazine you check out at a Kenosha Public Library location. That includes children’s books or magazines owned by other libraries that you place on hold and have sent to an Kenosha location for pickup. You will, however, be responsible for overdue fines when you visit other libraries to check out items, if those libraries charge overdue fines.

How will the library get items back without the threat of overdue fines?

Many libraries across the country have eliminated fines on children’s books. Those libraries continue to experience prompt return of library materials without the threat of overdue fines. And most importantly, they have witnessed many more children using the library.

Patrons will still be responsible for replacement costs for lost or damaged items.

For more information on your account please use the account tab on our website or call 262-564-6101.