If your child had overdue fines at the library there's a chance you won't have to pay. The Davenport Public Library erased nearly $4,000 in fines racked up by hundreds of young cardholders thanks to a recent donation.

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend donation has erased fines incurred by about 300 youth cardholders from last summer through January of this year according to the Quad-City Times. The gift came from the organization’s John J. and Bette J. Schmid Fund.

According to the library most of the accounts had $5 to $20 in fines, which were mostly late fees. Families will soon be notified by mail if their fines have been covered by the donation.

The library staff hope the elimination of  fees will encourage more children to read this summer. We hope so too.