Today’s Solutions: June 12, 2024

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Largest library system in US eradicates late fees for good

The New York Public Library system has joined the Boston Public Library System, Philadelphia Public Library System, and the Burbank Public Library System in nixing late fees, effective immediately. This includes erasing all the fines that library cardholders have accrued in the past for overdue or Read More...

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Three ways we can repurpose closed department stores

40 percent of US department stores have closed their doors in the past five years, but the question remains: what do we do with these huge spaces? Many will be demolished, but some communities are turning defunct big-box stores into repurposed useful spaces. Library  Department stores and Read More...

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Philadelphia’s library system joins in on ditching fines for overdue books

Following into the steps of Chicago, and Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s library system has officially joined the movement of ending the policy of charging patrons for past-due materials, also eliminating any existing overdue fines from library cards. The library’s former policy imposed fines of Read More...

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“Summer vacations cause disadvantaged children to fall behind”

Education outside the classroom, through summertime activities rooted in family life, can boost kids’ prospects for the future. Marco Visscher | April 2009 issue Karl Alexander, professor of sociology at John Hopkins University. Photo: Karl Alexander Karl Alexander, professor of sociology Read More...