Thursday, January 6, 2011

Food for Fines at the Library Starts Monday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

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Library fines are the cost of doing business for me. Checking out films, books on tape, CDs and actual books is great; getting them back to the library is somewhere further down the list.

Fines stack up — I can't deny it. Twenty bucks in fines every year seems like a great price to pay for unlimited access to so much media in so many formats. (Librarians are probably not crazy about this calculus.)

Now that the library offers Food for Fines, the decision to bring in your overdue books is easier: For 10 days starting Monday, library fines are payable with canned and packaged foods bound for Second Harvest Food Bank.

From January 10-20, take your library card and a bag of nonperishable groceries to any library branch and get your fees forgiven. For each can, box or bag of food, the library will forgive $1 in fines. Take some tuna, a container of oatmeal, and a few jars of peanut butter to pay off just a few overdue books, or splurge on a case of chicken soup or chili and get $12 deducted from the total.

(The food drive doesn't cover replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, fees for losses that are in billing or collection stages, and lost card fees.)

Second Harvest is hoping that Food for Fines will generate 48,000 pounds of food this year for its emergency food box program. Will you participate? What nonperishable foods do you like to donate?

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