Leetonia Library offers fine relief for youngsters

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library is looking to help younger patrons learn responsibility in February and March.

The library has introduced its Participate and Eliminate program this month and next that provides an opportunity for patrons ages 5 through 18 to attend programs or read at the library to reduce and eliminate library fines.

According to Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh, patrons will have $1 waived for every 30 minutes reading of age appropriate materials at the library and for each special program attended. Late fees and fines can restrict library use.

“I hate to see a fine keep kids from using the library,” Rohrbaugh said.

Although fines are not a significant problem overall, Rohrbaugh said she doesn’t want anyone to be denied use of the facility because of them.

“If (the fines) keep just 10 kids from coming in when they would otherwise…let’s do something about it,” she said, noting that $3 taken off a fine can be big for families struggling to pay bills.

The library board had explored an expanded program that would have incorporated the school system and a local business, but Rohrbaugh said it moved away from that idea to keep it simple and encourage library use in a constructive way.

“We want it to be a positive incentive,” she explained.

Depending on response, the library may offer the program again in the future, but not on a continuous basis, Rohrbaugh said.

Programs for kids include LEGO Club, a life-size “Angry Birds” game, making loom bracelets and attending family movies. Programs for tweens include making duct tape roses, Zentangle and crochet classes. Teens are invited to partake in Teen Tech Week in March, come to an ACT prep or crochet class and learn Zentangle.

For a full schedule including dates and times visit the library on Facebook, call 330-427-6635 or stop by the library for a brochure.