Read Off Library Fines


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 More from this author →