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Monday, March 18,2013

Paying fines with food

Capital Area District Library revives program to benefit local food banks

by Yang Zhang

Got an overdue fine at a Capital Area District Library? Donating food can get it waived.


In celebration of
National Library Week, the CADL is again
offering patrons an opportunity to exchange food for fines.


From April 10 to
16, patrons can donate non-perishable food or personal care products to their
local CADL branches and receive a waiver of $1 per item toward their overdue
fines, up to $5 per patron.


Food for Fines, a
weeklong exchange program, is a collaboration between the Capital Area District
Library and local food banks.


“We’re collecting
donations at 13 branches and we'll give them to local food banks to help the
communities," said Veronica Beecroft, the CADL associate director and the
coordinator of the program.


Patrons can bring
canned or packaged food to the front desk of any
branch during operating hours. Personal care products, such as deodorant, toilet paper, soap,
toothpaste, razors, shampoo and conditioner, are needed as well.


Homemade or
home-canned goods and opened or damaged packages are not acceptable.


Beecroft said donating
food is an easy way to get fines waived, but the program only applies to
overdue fines, not to any other kind of charge.


Other restrictions may
apply. For details, visit
www.cadl.org/food or call your local branch.

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