From library fines to police investigators: 5 things to know about the St. Paul budget and tax levy

LIBRARY FINES If you’re one of one the 51,000 patrons blocked from borrowing materials from the St. Paul Public Library system because of unpaid late fines, you’re in luck. With encouragement from the mayor’s office, the Library Board wrote off $2.5 million in uncollected debt from late returners. Late fines will now be a thing of…
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St. Paul Launches Intergenerational Reading Program

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, the nonprofit organization responsible for fundraising initiatives benefiting Minnesota’s capital city’s central library and 12 neighborhood branches, is sponsoring in partnership with the city’s government a community reading program that extends far beyond one book. Read Brave St. Paul, which launched before Thanksgiving and continues through late…
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StarTribune: St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: No more fines for overdue library books

The idea is to encourage families who have stayed away because of accumulated fines to return to the library and the worlds that it opens. Toni Carter watched her son the mayor bounce with excitement as he announced an amnesty for 51,000 St. Paul library cardholders who owe money for overdue books. “He’s a book…
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Pioneer Press: No more late fines at the library? St. Paul mayor says dropping fines is overdue

It’s a penalty almost as old as the American public library system itself. You check a book out from your local library, and return it a few days — or weeks — past due. Then the fines accrue. “If you’ve ever had to turn down a kid and tell them they can’t educate themselves because…
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MINNPOST: The most popular books at St. Paul and Hennepin County libraries

A plane crashes in a remote part of Minnesota, killing a U.S. senator. No, we’re not recounting one of the sadder episodes in Minnesota political history, we’re talking about the plot of “Desolation Mountain,” the most requested book at St. Paul Public Libraries right now. Of course, it falls to sheriff-turned-private investigator Cork O’Connor to…
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