Ask Todd About … library fines

Libraries that are a part of the Stark County District Library do not charge fines. This is a decision the SCDL made last fall to engage users and remove barriers for users. It is working, too.

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Q: Todd, I used the Stark County District Library and have been told there are no fines there. Why is it when I used the Louisville Library and I am late returning an item, I am fined?
A:
This is a good question that requires some, as Ricky would say to Lucy, ’splainin. Libraries that are a part of the Stark County District Library do not charge fines. This is a decision the SCDL made last fall to engage users and remove barriers for users. It is working, too. Circulation has increased 11 percent overall, and 26 percent at the main library. More items are being checked out, and the number of people coming through the doors is up.

What happens at the SCDL is members who are 30 days past due on an item receive an invoice for the item. If it is returned, no fine. Generally, users are more connected to the SCDL through smartphones.
Now what about Louisville? Some municipalities have libraries supported by tax levies that are not included in the SCDL. I know—don’t get me started on collaboration. At any rate, Louisville, Massillon and Alliance all have libraries that set fine rates and charge fines. Perhaps those libraries will see the success the SCDL is having with its fine-free approach and change. Until then, you’ll be paying a nickel a day for books, 50 cents a day for CDs and DVDs and $3 a day for electronic devices that are overdue.

Of course, the SCDL always is looking for donors, so if you feel the need to pay for overdue materials, they won’t turn it away.

Q: Could Apple ever go out of business?
A:
That’s the kind of question that will get you tossed out on your ear around here. The easy answer is you should pray it never does. The realistic answer is: Sure it can, but not likely anytime soon.

Apple is worth about $750 billion in stock value, depending on the day and what the stock is trading at. When people talk about electronic-device makers as being “too big to fail,” they forget about Blackberry and others.

Q: On any given Friday night, how many people attend high school football games in the county?
A:
This isn’t easy to answer. But let’s assume Massillon, McKinley, Louisville, Jackson and GlenOak all have home games. Among those five schools—which are probably the top draws in the county in a season—and the other dozen or so (not all will play at home), you’re looking at about 35,000 to 40,000 people, based on attendance figures of big games.

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