How much do you think you have paid in library fines this year?

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By Patty Keyuranggul

Feed the Meter, a video series by OakPark.com, lets Oak Park and River Forest residents give their two cents — literally — by feeding the OakPark.com parking meter and answering a question on life in our villages. In each episode, Feed the Meter host Patty Keyuranggul visits a local event or landmark with a new question for residents and an opportunity to donate some change to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

In this episode, we visit Oak Park Public Library's Main Branch to ask residents, "How much do you think you have paid in library fines so far this year?"

Patty also meets with Library Executive Director Deirdre Brennen to find out how the Library uses money from overdue book fines, and Virtual Services Manager Anne Slaughter talks about the Library's new website launching next month.

In each Feed the Meter episode, readers are encouraged to watch the video and comment with their own answer.

Follow Patty @punctiliar on twitter to find out where the next episode of Feed the Meter will be filmed.

Reader Comments

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Parent  

Posted: February 18th, 2012 12:05 PM

Be careful for the fees that OP Parking enforcement gives the Library patrons for over 2 hour parking on Grove or expired meter's on Grove. a dollar is nothing compared....

Jennifer  

Posted: February 18th, 2012 11:36 AM

Library Fan. Since I have 4 children who enjoy reading and using our libraries, the fines have gotten out if control. Let's say each of my children take out 5 books and I am 1 day late in returning. Which with 4 children is likely to happen often. That's $5 at one day! That's excessive.

Library Fan from Oak Park  

Posted: December 21st, 2011 10:17 AM

If you return your library materials on time, there is no fine. And the overdue fines are more than reasonable: DVDs and Video Games $1/day, all other items $.25/day. So the patrons who ended up paying a total of $50 or $75 in fines last year had library materials out 200 to 300 days past their due date or DVDs/Video Games out 50 to 75 days beyond their due date. The problem is not the library. The problem is patrons who don't return library materials on time so other people can use them.

Library Victim from Oak Park  

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 1:16 PM

I haven't paid any library fines in at least ten years. That's when the library tried to charge me $26 for a CD they lost between the Dole Branch and the main library. It wasn't so much the incompetent shelving that drove me away as the outright nastiness of the library staff when I attempted to discuss the problem with them.

autumn from oak park  

Posted: November 16th, 2011 10:03 PM

This FTM was even better than the last! I can't wait for the next one!

Patty Keyuranggul from Oak Park  

Posted: November 16th, 2011 6:09 PM

YES! @punctiliar. And if you think 125k is a lot, it's actually $175,000 which comprises 2% of their budget.

Phil from Oak Park  

Posted: November 16th, 2011 5:51 PM

$125,000 in fines! Wow! Loving FTM. Do you all have a twitter account that can tell when and where the next Meter will be located? ;)

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