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Style: One for the books

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 12, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

Earlier this year, in Siloam Springs, the city’s board of directors discussed an ordinance that would make not returning a library book a civil infraction punishable by up to $500, Bobby Ampezzan writes in Tuesday’s Style section.

One director said the ordinance would finally give the library some “teeth.” Another said it’s more than teeth — an overdue library book isn’t a crime. Eventually, on the third reading, the motion was tabled. A new ordinance capping the penalty at a $350 fine was proposed and tabled until June.

“It is quite the hot topic for some reason,” Holland Hayden, the city’s communications director says.

Read more about library fines (and why aren’t they called fees?) around Arkansas in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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