ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Rochester will no longer fine kids for returning library books late.

The city eliminated overdue fees for children's materials as part of a pilot program last year.

After seeing a nearly 10 percent increase in library cards issued and more materials being checked out, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Monday that the program's now permanent.

The idea is to remove barriers to reading. Young people no longer have to worry about losing library privileges because of overdue fees.