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CHARLESTON — Fines are no longer being imposed for late returns of materials to the
Charleston Carnegie Public Library.
A news release from the library said the elimination of the fines went into place on Monday.
In the release, library
Director Chris Houchens said the decision was made because fines “have become a barrier” for low-income people who want to use the library.
Late fines “add to the social inequity found in within communities,” he said.
“Fines neither teach responsibility nor motivate patrons to return items on time,” Houchens said. “Instead, fines make patrons less likely to return to the library and they keep community members from using their library out of fear of a fine they cannot afford.”
Information concerning the decision on the
library’s website, charlestonlibrary.org, said staff are going through patron records and removing fines that were imposed earlier.
It also said late fines make up less than 2% of the library’s annual budget. It said the amount is “still significant” but library officials feel the benefit of removing the finds outweighs the loss of income.
The website information said the decision affects only fines for materials returned late. The library will still charge fees for lost, damaged or unreturned items, it said.
It also said patrons will continue to be responsible for returning items on time. A patron’s library card will be blocked if that patron has three or move items overdue, it said.
Also, according to the website, an item 30 days past due will be considered lost and the patron will be charged a replacement fee.
Charleston locations in 12 historical photos
Wilb Walker Supermarket
1988: Dyalene Haworth shows the ease of using E-Z Shopper grocery cart at Wilb Walker Supermarket.
1980: Charleston square.
North Park house before renovation
1986: Jean Carpenter of Charleston has received a grant to repair her home. A $350,000 grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs will be used to renovate about 40 homes in the North Park neighborhood.
North Park house after renovation
1986: Jean Carpenter on porch of house after renovations.
1988: At Mother's in Charleston grandmother winks at the patrons who come to wet their whistle. Mothers is a tavern which is known to just about every Eastern Illinois University student.
1931: The Jefferies building was gutted by fire late Tuesday night. On left is the Winters' clothing store store with the Charleston Hotel office next on the north, than a vacant room recently vacated by the Huckleberry jewelry store, wit the Rogers drug store on the corner.
1986: Pat Kaiser plans to open his nine-hole golf course by Memorial Day weekend if Mother nature would cooperate.
Eastern Illinois Artist's Guild
1941: A permanent exhibit of Paul Turner Sargent's work has been opened by the Eastern Illinois Artists' Guild at 809 Jack St. built in 1831 by Dr. Aaron Ferguson it is said to be the oldest house in Charleston.
1986: Downtown Charleston has been designated as part of that city's tax increment financing district within so-called blighted areas of their cities.
Coles County National Bank
1992: Coles County National Bank declared insolvent and sold to the Eagle Bank and Trust Co. The Missouri based trust company owns banks in three other Illinois towns, Sparta, Nashville and Highland.
1978: Osco Drug and Eisner food store soon to open at Charleston Plaza Shopping Center. The two stores will occupy 40,000 square feet in the center. A 2,000 square foot Radio Shack store is already open. Another 2,000 square foot store will be occupied by the Book Emporium to open later this year. A total of 9,000 square feet remains to be leased in the center.
1971: Yearly production estimates for the new Celotex Corp. plant north of Charleston is about 130 million square feet of insulation boards.