Norfolk libraries to scrap late fees for children

Removing overdue charges for everyone under the age of 16 are among Norfolk libraries proposals for a post-pandemic...

Removing overdue charges for everyone under the age of 16 are among Norfolk libraries proposals for a post-pandemic reading push. - Credit: Denise Bradley

Late fees on overdue books taken out by under-16s could be scrapped as part of a post-pandemic reading push by Norfolk libraries. 

Plans by Norfolk Libraries and Information service to improve children and young people's reading skills also include universal membership of the county’s e-library through Norfolk’s schools and the introduction of a new ‘1,000 books before school’ reading challenge aimed at under-fives.

Ceri Sumner, director of community, information and learning.

Ceri Sumner, director of community, information and learning. - Credit: Norfolk County Council

Ceri Sumner, director of community, information and learning at Norfolk County Council, said: “We want to remove as many barriers as possible to lifelong learning and help to grow everyone’s love of books so it is only right we begin with our county’s children.”

The plans are due to be considered at a meeting of the council’s cabinet on March 8.

Emma Corlett, deputy leader of the Labour group, said: "Any focus on libraries is welcome but let’s not get too excited. 

"It probably costs more to fine children than the money raised, the 1,000 books is great but should be a core offer not a sponsorship opportunity.”

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