Read Off Library Fines

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A Minnesota library has a unique new way for teenagers to pay off their late fines: reading. The St. Paul Public Library’s Read Down gives teenagers $1 off their fines for every fifteen minutes of reading.


Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →