Published: Nov 23, 2011 6:37 PM EST
Updated: Nov 23, 2011 6:53 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Are overdue library book fines weighing down your wallet? The Lee County Library System is now offering a new program for kids to work off those fees.

"We didn't want to penalize the kids who aren't able to make it back in time," LCLS's Kristy Kilfoile explained.

They're offering an amnesty program for kids, 18 and under. Overdue book offenders can come in during designated times at Lee County Library branches and chip away at fines by reading.

"They read for 15 minutes and they get a $2 coupon. They can read up to an hour," Kilfoile said.

Kids can cash in on up to $8 credit toward book fines, per day...a program parents say puts a positive spin on reading, while still keeping kids accountable.

"I think it's a good learning experience. It gives them some experience of paying off their dues," parent Mary Ellen Vincent said.

Most library branches host a read-off time at least once a month...a good will gesture aimed at keeping kids coming back.

"We wouldn't want kids to ever feel that they can't come to the library and get the things that they're looking for. So it's really a good will gesture. It's to create a life-long love of reading," Kilfoile said.

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