Start a New Chapter With Queens Libraries

Over due library books got you down? Feeling blue because of the fines you may have headed your way? Had your library card suspended all together? Well, you are in luck! For the first time ever, New York City is giving students a new lease on the library with fee forgiveness!

Starting today, and running through the entire month of October, kids have the opportunity to have their incurred fees completely eliminated and regain their library privileges thanks to the “New Chapter” program.

In an effort to give students the best possible access to their local libraries and all they have to offer, students up to the age of 18 will not be charged a single penny in late penalties when returning overdue books. The program hopes to encourage students to return to their local libraries and be able to check out all of the wonderful new material for the new school year.

Right here in Queens, students will be issued a brand new “New Chapter” library card, which will provide them with a clean slate and a brand new account . While these new cards come with some restrictions on borrowing privileges, kids can participate in the Monster Read Down Your Fees program and read in the library to receive a $5 credit toward their owed fees as well as bring in a recent book review or report to receive another $5 credit.

The program, which will benefit over 100,000 students across New York City, is sponsored by a donation from McGraw-Hill.

Check out all the program details at New Chapter and start a new chapter with all of the book, magazines, newspapers and videos offered at your local library.

Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library web site at


Jennie Abrams-Rosenberg