This week (through Jan. 12, 2013) marks the return of "Food For Fines" at the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity. The program began before my tenure as Library Director, so I can't take credit for it. But I'm happy to continue it! It's a nice way to help patrons get their library cards cleared up for the new year and all of the food collected goes to the Nazareth Area Food Bank, which I know can use the donations.
Here's how "Food For Fines" works:
Library members with overdue fines on their cards can have $1 waived for each can or package of food donated during the drive. Bring non-perishable items (cans, bags or boxes -- no glass, please) to the front desk at the library. Don't forget your library card! A library staff member at the desk will count the items you've brought and deduct one dollar per item from your fine. That's it!
Please note: this is just for overdue fines on items that have been returned. Replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, fees for losses that are in billing or collection stages, and lost card fees are not included in the program.
Many library borrowers have taken advantage of the program already, but I hope to see a lot more by the end of the week! Even if you do not have fines, you are more than welcome to drop off food and we'll be more than happy to get it to the Food Bank.
Here's a nice little video from last year explaining the program. (Link is to an external website.) Check it out and see you at the library!