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"It Pays to Read" Campaign Is Back!

October 18, 2019

LaSalle, October 18, 2019 - The Lire, c'est payant ("It pays to read") campaign is back at the Bibliothèques de Montréal (Montréal's libraries). Building on the great success achieved over the years, the 2019 edition will take place October 19-26 during Public Library Week.

The Lire, c'est payant program at the L'Octogone library
On October 23, children under 13 years old are invited to visit the L'Octogone Library. In exchange for 15 minutes of reading, the youngsters will have their overdue library book fees cancelled. A fun way to teach responsibility and encourage them to read.

A fun and educational activity
Lire, c'est payant, an initiative developed in 2013 by the Borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, has delighted all Montréal's libraries for its playful and educational approach. Lire, c'est payant gives 13-year-olds and under a chance to have their late fees refunded in exchange for reading time at their local library.

The objective of this attractive campaign is to get young people back in the libraries, explain them the various ways of renewing a loan to avoid late fees and enable them to take advantage of all the many services offered by Montréal's libraries.

The campaign has grown well over the years, from 977 participants in 2014 to nearly 6,000 in 2016. It should be recalled that in June 2017, Montréal's libraries carried out an amnesty campaign for all its members, which resulted in the return of 4,568 library loans and the cancellation of late fees totalling $161,157.

About Bibliothèques de Montréal
The Bibliothèques de Montréal has a network of 45 libraries located in the 19 boroughs. Passionately committed to neighbourhoods, the mission of the Bibliothèques de Montréal is to provide everyone with free access to reading, information, knowledge, culture and leisure activities. Supported by bold programming and dedicated teams, Montréal's libraries are ideal destinations where visitors can experience knowledge in all its forms.

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Source: Bibliothèques de Montréal