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Chicago Library Amnesty Program Yields $2M Worth of Returned Items

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago Public Library amnesty program that allowed members to return overdue items without having to pay any late fees brought in more than 100,000 books, DVDs and other materials.

The library’s fine amnesty -- dubbed “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty” -- began on Aug. 20 and ended Sept. 7. The value of the 101,301 items returned was estimated at $2 million. Several of the recovered items were checked out in the 1970s and 1980s, the Chicago Tribune newspaper reported.

The library caps fines on each late item at $10, so the total fines waived during the amnesty reportedly was $641,820.

The last fine amnesty conducted by the library took place in 1992.  During that program, the library eliminated all fines on juvenile cards once the overdue items were returned.

There was also a one-week fine amnesty in 1985 that extended to all library patrons. A library news release said 77,000 books worth about $1.5 million were returned.

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Amazon Releases List of Most Well-Read Cities in the US

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Stereotypes about which areas of the United States are "more literate" than others are common, but actual data on the matter was hard to find until Amazon volunteered its records on Thursday.

The company tallied all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since January 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

It found that academic hub Cambridge, Massachusetts, topped the list of cities that purchased the most reading material, as well as the most nonfiction books. Boulder, Colorado, purchased the most material in the Cooking, Food & Wine category. And Florida had the most cities in the general top 20.

Amazon found that academic hub Cambridge, Mass., topped the list of cities that purchased the most reading material, as well as the most nonfiction books.

Here is the full list of the most well-read cities in the U.S., according to Amazon sales data. Adjust stereotypes accordingly.

1. Cambridge, Massachusetts

2. Alexandria, Virginia

3. Berkeley, California

4. Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Boulder, Colorado.

6. Miami

7. Salt Lake City, Utah

8. Gainesville, Florida

9. Seattle, Washington

10. Arlington, Virginia

11. Knoxville, Tennessee

12. Orlando, Florida

13. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

14. Washington, D.C.

15. Bellevue, Washington

16. Columbia, South Carolina

17. St. Louis, Missouri

18. Cincinnati, Ohio

19. Portland, Oregon

20. Atlanta, Georgia.

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New ‘Huck Finn’ Edition Eliminates Offensive Language

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) – In an attempt to get the classic novel back in the hands of schoolchildren, publishers plan to release a new version of Huckleberry Finn, sans the offensive language.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be re-edited to replace uses of the N-word – which appears over 200 times in the story – with the word “slave,” and to reduce offensive language toward Native Americans.

Debate over the new edition has become a trending topic on Twitter, where a majority of users seem to be voicing their disdain for the idea. Some argue, however, that the novel’s use of the N-word has kept the book away from grade-schoolers for too long.

The book, which was first published in 1884, is set to be re-released by February as Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition.

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