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Dawn Wacek: How Can Libraries Be A Path Toward Inclusivity And Forgiveness?

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Amends

Are overdue library book fines necessary? Librarian Dawn Wacek wants all libraries to do away with overdue fines to make library services more inclusive and welcoming to all readers.

About Dawn Wacek

Dawn Wacek is the Youth Services Manager at the La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is working to increase community relationships and collaborations to better connect all users to their library.

With more than fifteen years in librarianship, Dawn Wacek has helped create fine reduction programs and develop open access policies in the places she has worked. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of South Carolina.

This segment of TED Radio Hour was produced by Diba Mohtasham and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour. You can follow us on Twitter @TEDRadioHour and email us at TEDRadio@npr.org.

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Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
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