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Library eliminates overdue book fines

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Say good-bye to late fees. That sounds like something Blockbuster Video tried in that company’s death throes, but the New York Public Library is far from dying. In fact, officials say eliminating all late fees will only make the local book depository more popular than ever.

In the Bronx alone, eliminating fines — and forgiving past-due levies — will reopen the library to 67,000 people whose cards were previously blocked because of money they owed. The new policy will ultimately help twice that many in the borough who owe some type of fine to their local library.

Library cards were blocked for anyone who owed at least $15. That policy is now gone, along with any future late fees.

Some costs will continue on, however. Like anyone charged a replacement fee for lost materials. The library considers something lost if it’s more than a month overdue. However, if someone still has a book that’s considered lost, returning it will wipe away those fees.

Many have criticized library fees in the past because they say it unfairly targets lower-income neighborhoods, which have the most to gain from a local library. Officials hope by offering everyone a clean slate, branches will have a chance to welcome those patrons back.

 

No garbage, recycling pickup on Monday

The city’s sanitation department won’t collect trash, curbside composting or recycling on Monday, Oct. 11. However, anyone who normally has a scheduled Monday pickup can put their garbage on the curb between 4 p.m., and midnight on Monday evening for a late pickup.

Curbside recycling will come a week later for those normally collected on Monday. Those residents should place their materials on the curb between 4 p.m. and midnight on Sunday, Oct. 17.

 

Lori Perkins shows her Yankees pride

As the New York Yankees made their final push for the playoffs, one Riverdale-based Pinstripes fan found herself on ESPN.

Riverdale Avenue Books publisher Lori Perkins was featured in an advertising campaign on the sports cable channel aired ahead of the final regular season series between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Perkins dons a Yankees jacket in the ad, declaring “We don’t like the Red Sox.” She was chosen from a list of long-time season ticketholders at Yankee Stadium, and was so excited to participate, she dyed her hair blue and painted her nails with the Yankees insignia.

For the past decade, Perkins has been part of a season ticket share with noted baseball writer and historian Cecilia Tan. Both go to Opening Day together, since it falls right around their shared birthday in April. However, that hasn’t happened over the past two years because of the coronavirus pandemic, and because Perkins is being treated for cancer.

Perkins became a Yankees fan while a student at Bronx Science in the 1970s, watching as the Bronx Bombers won their first of many titles that decade.

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