Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Eliminate Fines with Food @ Your Library

Do you have late fees?  Now's the time to visit your Abilene Public Library and donate canned goods and other nonperishable items for the annual Food for Fines program.  In its 17th year in the Abilene community, patrons have the entire month to stop by and donate food to waive your library accounts of late fees.  All donated materials will then benefit the local Food Bank of West Central Texas, assisting those in need in the Big Country.

Food for Fines is an exciting service program and participating is simple.
  1. Collect your donations.
  2. Stop by your local branch library and drop off your donations to the circulation desk.
  3. $1.00 of your late fees will be waived for each item donation.  Please note, staff is not able to issue receipts and fees may only be waived for overdue charges.  We cannot waive charges for lost/damaged materials, replacement library cards, printing charges, etc.
From canned vegetables and beans to boxes of mac & cheese, from baby food to jars of peanut butter, a variety of items are accepted.  All will help you to eliminate those pesky late fees at a fraction of the cost, while doing something great for those in need in the community this holiday season.

Although we'd love to accept all donations, there are restrictions and items not accepted in this program includes...
  • Damaged/Expired or Previously Opened Items
  • Government Commodity Items
  • Home-Canned Items
If you have any questions regarding what's acceptable, feel free to contact library staff at 325-677-2474.

Over the years, library patrons have donated more than 100,000 pounds of canned and boxed food and we couldn't be more pleased with the success of this annual campaign.  Don't miss your chance to participate this December, and even if you don't have late fees, you can still feel free to donate items to your local library.

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