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Read at story time in lieu of Municipal Court fine

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2021 at 9:53 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - There’s a possible alternative to paying Municipal Court fines: community service.

The Tyler Municipal Court is partnering with Tyler Public Library to offer alternative community service options.

Qualifying people may now be referred to the Tyler Public Library to complete their community service hours. This includes time reading to their children.

Judge Jim Huggler and Youth Services Librarian Ami Skipper said this partnership aims to benefit both the family and the community.

“They can be there with their young children. It’s an educational program, it’s a fun program. They can spend time together, bonding. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone,” Skipper said.

This program is for parents to read to their children up to 6 years old.

“Sometimes it’s hard to slow down and take that time to read and to play, which play is how children learn,” Skipper said. “Story time really allows for all of that to happen.”

Judge Huggler said that the service credit depends on a case-to-case basis, but it is mandatory for those who are looking to participate in this option to go to the court first.

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