City Councilman Cracking Down on Kids’ Overdue Library Books

Oh, David Oh. This issue might not be a political winner. The at-large Republican councilman is upset with the Free Library of Philadelphia, which starting July 1st, won’t collect late fees from kids with overdue books. The FLP says it would rather lose money on fees than discourage kids from reading. Here’s Oh:

Many parents, myself included, use the late fines as a way of teaching our children about responsibility. I don’t think this is money we should deny to the libraries.”

Instead, Oh’s proposed a bill that would use the approximately $70,000 a year in fees to provide funding for children’s programs in neighborhood branch libraries. Watch below for more of Oh’s reasoning, as well as CBS 3 reporter Mike Dunn looking decidedly nonplussed.