Pella Chronicle

April 8, 2013

Food for fines

The Chronicle

Pella — During National Library Week (April 15-20, 2013) the Pella Public Library will accept non-perishable food items in exchange for overdue fines.  One food item will equal $1.00 in fines; two food items equal $2.00, etc.; up to a one time maximum of $5.00.  Food items donated will be given to the Food Shelf.  Dig into your cupboard to help those in need!

Remember that complete second season of “Little House on the Prairie” that you checked out from the library and how it took three extra days to get through all the episodes?  Take care of the fine by bringing in three cans of soup.  Maybe your son just found that missing “Magic Tree House” book under his bed.  Instead of making him use his allowance to pay the fine, take him to the grocery store and let him pick out food to donate.  Of course, you don’t have to have a fine to participate.  The more you donate, the more you help!

Please bring only non-perishable canned goods and packaged items.  Some acceptable non-perishable food items include: cereal, tuna, rice, beans, soups, canned meats, canned juices, peanut butter, and any canned fruits or vegetables.  All donated items must be in their original containers, unopened, undamaged, and not expired according to the package expiration date.   Please bring all food donations to the Circulation Desk during library operating hours.

Food donations are in lieu of overdue fines only.  They cannot be used to clear fees for lost or damaged materials, printing, Interlibrary Loan, or other charges.  Accounts that have been sent to Collections are not eligible to participate.