Overdue library books? give food instead of paying a fine
Ryan Summerlin December 3, 2010
People with overdue books at the Park City Library may choose to help out the hungry instead of paying a fine to the library.
The library through Dec. 12 is offering its ‘Food for Fines’ program, which allows people to bring in nonperishable food as a way to avoid paying cash for the overdue fines. This year’s program started on Nov. 12.
Officials at the library will forgive $1 in overdue fines or part of $1 in the fines for each nonperishable food item someone donates. There is no limit the number of food items someone may give toward the program.
The choice is available to people with overdue fines but not people with other charges incurred at the library, such as the replacement cost if a book is lost or damaged. Overdue fines for books are 10 cents per day while the fines are $1 each day if someone keeps a DVD out too long.
Linda Tillson, the library director, said the program is popular.
"People take advantage of it," she said, adding that the collection of food items through the middle of the week was a "typical amount."
The library normally fills a few boxes by the time the annual Food for Fines program finishes. The bounty is donated to local food banks.
"I think this time of year people are thinking about (a) positive contribution," Tillson said.
The library will also accept food donations from people without overdue fines, with staffers saying people could "just think of it as a deposit in your ‘good neighbor’ account."
Libraries across the country organize similar programs.
The Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, contact the library at 615-5600.