If you're afraid to return to the library because you think the librarian will scold you for your overdue fines, think of this as a pardon. Jan. 12 through 22, the library will grant clemency to patrons with overdue books in exchange for canned food. Each can will expunge $1 in fines, which means you can wipe out your debt for, well, beans. Nonperishable food items can be brought to any circulation desk at any branch of Nashville Public Library. Items most needed include peanut butter, canned vegetables, fruits and meats, macaroni and cheese, rice and beans. Now in its third year, Food for Fines is a top food drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The organization, which helps nonprofit agencies provide emergency food boxes, has experienced a 26 percent increase in requests for assistance this winter. For more information about Food for Fines, call 862-5800.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Jan. 22, 2009