BOSTON – I truly believe that the best thing the government has to offer is the public library. There have been plenty of great ideas and progress made in society by elected officials, for sure, but what has been better for the public good than buildings with well-lit reading spaces that contain books on any subject you could ever want to read about?
As beloved as libraries are, however, they are also nowhere near as popular as they should be, perhaps because the idea of visiting one is viewed as "too academic" and can often be deemed as "not fun," even though checking out a book is one of the most fun things you can do.
The Boston Public Library seems to be taking a step towards making the institution more accessible to a certain fragment of the population that has dwindled in terms of its relevancy to the usage of the library. As recently voted on and announced by the Boston Public Library, late fees for books and materials taken out of the library by people under the age of eighteen will no longer exist. As of November 1, any overdue materials for youths of that age range will not incur an overdue fine.
The library also specified that, to take out any new materials, overdue books will have to be returned, but they will still have no fine otherwise.
The move has become a popular one across many different counties, with some libraries eliminating overdue fees altogether, no matter the age of the reader. To me, this seems like a great move because it will encourage people to use the library more frequently and it will allow for people who need certain materials for an extended amount of time to do so without consequence.
Libraries are so essential to our communities that any move to encourage their increased usage is welcomed by me. Hopefully, we will begin to see many more libraries in the state and in the rest of the country make similar moves.