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Black Earth and Mazo libraries going fine free


June 13, 2019

The library boards of the Black Earth Public Library and the Mazomanie Free Library have voted to eliminate library overdue fines, going “fine free,” effective June 1, 2019.  Research has shown that overdue fines do not affect the length an item is overdue.  Overdue fines also have been shown to result in blocked library cards disproportionately in lower income library card holders.  Because our libraries’ missions are to promote literacy for all, we are opposed to barriers that prevent the use of library materials when a library card becomes blocked due to overdue fines.  


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