NEW YORK (AP) — New York City libraries have announced they plan to forgive the late fees of all children aged 17 and under in a one-time amnesty event.

The city's three library systems — the New York Public Library, the Queens Library and the Brooklyn Public Library — say they will forgive all children's fines Thursday and unblock their library cards. The New York Times reports the forgiveness is being underwritten by the JPB Foundation, which will make up over $2.25 million of the shortfall.

Patrons who rack up $15 in late fees at the city's public libraries are blocked from taking out more books until the fine is paid.

The amnesty period will be brief as fines will begin accruing on the same day.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com