Donate food, library will forgive finesThe Ellsworth Public Library will be accepting canned or boxed food items to reduce library fines during October.
The Ellsworth Public Library will be accepting canned or boxed food items to reduce library fines during October.
Each can or boxed item will remove $1 in library fines. All items collected will be given to the local food shelf.
“Our hope is that we’ll encourage patrons with fines to return overdue books to the library while keeping cash in their pocket,” said Library Director Shelley Anderson. “With the current state of our economy, the Food for Fines campaign allows our patrons to pay outstanding fines with donations of canned or boxed food rather than with cash.”
During this month-long campaign, patrons who do not have outstanding fines are also encouraged to donate canned food.
The library cannot accept cans or boxes that are damaged, dented or beyond their expiration date. Also not acceptable are perishable items or items marked “Not Labeled for Retail Sale.”
The cost of the food item is not considered. Charges for lost or damaged library items are not included in this program. Up to $25 may be paid with canned or boxed items.
“No one likes to find out they have overdue fines on their library account,” said Anderson. “But it is something that happens to patrons every now and then. Donating food items is a great way to take care of fines and help your neighbors. The library is thrilled to be able to offer this solution to the community.”