Library waives fees in exchange for Dance Dance Revolution play

I've written before about the librarian who challenges late-fine-owing patrons to get their fines erased by playing Dance Dance Revolution against her. Now the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Mass. NH has adopted the same measure for their Patron Appreciation Day.

Patrons were invited to make good on unpaid fines by donating canned and packaged foods for the local soup kitchen or by entering a dance competition, “Dance Dance Revolution.”

To sweeten the pot, during most of the day the library served coffee, bagels, pastries and ice cream, donated by area businesses.

By midafternoon, the cans and packages were piling up on a table inside library director Michelle Sampson’s office while circulation assistant Katie Spofford was setting up the video dance game on a PlayStation in a carpeted room upstairs.

Link (via The Shifted Librarian)

(Image: Johnny)

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  1. “To sweeten the pot, during most of the day the library served coffee, bagels, pastries and ice cream, donated by area businesses.”

    Where’s MeMe Roth when you need her?

  2. Suddenly, single men in the area all ‘forgot’ to return their recently checked out copies of Pride and Prejudice.

    Maybe her name is Marian?

  3. Government, if you’re reading this, I’ll take more libraries and fewer tax abatements.

    Opportunity cost. The problem isn’t tax cuts, the problem is deficit spending, which by definition is inflation — which is wealth-transfer from everyone saving money or earning a paycheck into the hands of government (mainly military) contractors.

    However, libraries are the purview of municipality (i.e. local) government, not federal or even state. So be careful not to “pay the gas bill to the electric company” as it were.

  4. Fantastic idea. I haven’t had a library fine since high school but if I did, I’d love to pay it this way.

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