Youth Group Helps Kick-Start Read Away Fines Program

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Members of the Auburn Presbyterian Church youth group present a check to Eckhart Public Library. They raised funds to help pay off fines and fees on library cards that prevent people from checking out library materials. Pictured are Kari Ackerman, Auburn Presbyterian Church Christian Education Director and Eckhart Public Library Board of Trustees Vice-President; Eckhart Public Library Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor; Isabella Gettys, Carl Smith, Marcus Smith, Melinda Smith, Gabriel Ackerman, and Aidan Smith.

A donation from the Auburn Presbyterian Church youth group is helping to kick-start Eckhart Public Library’s Read Away Fines program with a donation.

Youth raised $200 during a fundraiser on Sunday, May 21, to help pay off fines and fees on library cards. The youth melted crayons and made them into new crayons to sell.

The project was coordinated by Auburn Presbyterian Church Christian Education Director Kari Ackerman, who also serves as the Vice-President of the Eckhart Public Library Board of Trustees. The Board has discussed ways to help people, especially children and teens, restore full access to library materials.

The donation came just before the kick-off of Eckhart Public Library’s new Read Away Fines initiative, part of Eckhart Summer Read. Through Saturday, July 15, people with fines can check out one book at a time, and for each book read, $5 will be forgiven. For more information or to get started in the program, visit the Circulation Desk at the Main Library. More information can also be found here.

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