Library Food for Fines

Library Food for Fines

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Every library in Abilene will again participate in Abilene Public Library’s annual Food for Fines campaign as we celebrate our 11th year of providing food for the body as well as for the mind. {{more}} Beginning December 1 and continuing throughout the entire month, Abilene libraries will forgive $1.00 in fines for each nonperishable food item donated. Food collected by Abilene Public Library locations, Abilene Christian University Brown Library, McMurry Jay-Rollins Library and Hardin-Simmons Richardson Library will be given to the Food Bank of West Central Texas.Bring one can, box, or bag of nonperishable food to the circulation desk of the library you frequent. Each food item equals $1.00 in overdue charges. To pay a $4.60 fine, for example, donate 5 food items to the library. The libraries can only accept commercially packaged items that are undamaged and that have not exceeded their expiration date. No dented, dinged, or previously opened food items, no government commodity items, and sorry, no home-canned items.Food items will only pay for overdue fines. Charges for lost or damaged books still have to be paid for in good old cash .Since 1999 Abilene library patrons have donated over 52,000 pounds of canned and boxed food to people in need. Every 10 pounds of food is the equivalent of 7 meals for a hungry man, woman or child in the Big Country. Help put the ho-ho-ho into someone’s holidays this year by giving the gift of food, and clear your library record at the same time!