The New York Public Library system just let more than 140,000 kids off the hook for late fees - but there's a catch. They're declaring fine immunity under a new "Read Down Your Fines" initiative that's meant to inspire reading. Here's how it works: The kids get their records wiped clean so long as they agree to participate in the library's summer reading program. The program gets kids to log in their reading time's on the library's website. For every 15 minutes of reading time, a dollar is wiped from their fine.
We're trying to stir up some of our own reading inspiration with our Summer Reading List. It features some of our staff's personal picks and why they chose them. See it here.