From the Bay Area News Group:
…the [Oakland Public Library] is developing a pilot program to reduce or eliminate many of the fines and fees they can run up.
The Oakland City Council quickly got on board with the plan, unanimously endorsing it following a presentation by Director of Library Services Gerry Garzon on July 26.
The way things are now, if patrons rack up fines of $12.50 or more, they are barred from borrowing until they bring that balance down to no more than $12. Accordingly, 58,515 people, or 12 percent of the library’s patrons, are unable to check anything out, according to a report Garzon presented.
“This is not the same environment that we may all have lived in at one time,” Garzon reminded the council, noting some families struggle with displacement, living with a single parent or grandparents, moving from one home to another or just trying to get around.
“Frankly, it’s those kids that need to be using our libraries so they become lifelong readers,” he said.
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NOTE: The complete report about the pilot that was presented at the July 26, 2016 meeting by Director of Library Services, Gerry Garzon (and mentioned in the article), is available here (9 pages; PDF) and also embedded below.