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No Overdue Fines for Kids and Teens Materials

Burlington Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fines for Children’s and Teens’ Materials

What?

Burlington Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines for Children’s and Young Adult (Teen) materials.  Existing fines on these items have been cleared.

When?

This policy is effective immediately.  All existing unpaid overdue fines on Children’s or Young Adult materials have already been cleared.

Why?

We are committed to increasing reading and literacies, and combating the “summer slump” that causes students to lose skills between grades.  We have a comprehensive Summer Reading Program to encourage use of the library and reward children for reading.

Overdue fines stop kids and their parents from using the library.  Forty-nine percent of registered library users have fine balances, and twenty-four percent have fines so high that they are blocked from using their library cards.  Youth users whose cards are blocked stop using the library.

Who?

This policy change was approved unanimously by the Library Board of Trustees.  The contact for this change is Library Director Joe Davies (jdavies@burlingtonlibrary.org)

Caveats

  • Materials belonging to other libraries will still have overdue fines assessed.
  • Fines are based on the material type, not the age of the borrower.  An adult checking out an Elephant & Piggie book for their child would not be assessed overdue fines.  A child whose card is used to check out a James Patterson novel for their parent will be assessed overdue fines.
  • All items that are damaged will still be charged for repair or replacement.
  • All items that are long overdue will be assumed lost, and a bill will be sent for replacement.

Summer Reading Program – Sign up today!

Join us at the Burlington Public Library for “Libraries Rock” this summer! We have a Reading Program where children of all ages can earn prizes by completing weekly bookmarks of fun reading activities. Kids will also have a chance to win a grand prize.

And while you’re here, take advantage of these fun events:

  • Summer Registration Begins: Monday, June 11
  • First day to turn in reading record: Monday, June 18
  • Summer Reading Program Ends: Friday, August 17
  • Grand Prize Drawing: Monday, August 20-winners will be notified this week.

Summer Reading Performers – Fridays at 10 A.M.

Fridays, June 15-July 20, 10:00 a.m. (no Story Wagon on July 6th)

Professional performers will appear at the library this summer as part of our Story Wagon series.  These free performances fill up fast, so feel free to come early. Be sure to see:

Date Performer/Act
June 15 Leonardo Biciunas, Leonardo Music
June 22 Amy Mueller, Libraries Rock Dance Party
June 29 Doug Jarecki & Matthew Huebsch, Kidsplay-interactive theater
July 13 Todd Charles Steinberg, Moogician
July 20 Emily Roberts, Snake Discovery

2018 Holiday Closings

The regular hours of the Burlington Public Library are:

Monday – Thursday: 9am to 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday: Closed

In addition, BPL is closed for the following holidays:

  • Monday, January 1
  • Monday, May 28
  • Wednesday, July 4
  • Monday, September 3
  • Thursday, November 22
  • Monday, December 24
  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Monday, December 31
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019

FREE E-Books, audiobooks, & digital magazines

Burlington Public Library has lots of great ways to get exciting digital content to you at all hours of the day or night, with just your library card and PIN.

Don’t have a library card?  Register for one now!

Need help?  Contact the library at 262-342-1130 or ask@burlington.lib.wi.us

Welcome to the Burlington Public Library

Burlington Public Library is here to serve the community.  We provide interesting and enlightening materials for education and personal enrichment.  Whether you come here every day or haven’t stopped in years, we are here for you.   We answer questions big and small, and even when we’re closed, our digital content is always available.

Need help?  Call us at 262-342-1130 or email us at ask@burlington.lib.wi.us.  We’re happy to help!