The library’s food for fines program provides a chance to help feed needy families while eliminating fines due for items kept out too long. The …
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The library’s food for fines program provides a chance to help
feed needy families while eliminating fines due for items kept out
The process is simple. Starting on Nov. 30 and continuing until
Dec. 13, a patron brings two non-perishable food items to the
library to cancel the fine for keeping one library item out beyond
the turn-in date. The food collected is turned over to the
Inter-Faith Community Services food bank for distribution to
families in need.
The program can be a money-saver for a patron since the maximum
overdue fine now is $5.
The food must be brought to the Englewood Public Library on the
ground floor of the civic center at 1000 Englewood Parkway. Patrons
taking part in the food for fines program are asked to turn in the
donation to a staff member at the circulation desk to make sure the
late charges are canceled.
The program does not extend to lost or damaged items.
The Food for Fines program has been an Englewood Library
tradition since 1990. Originally, it was a once-a-year program. But
in 2003, Library Director Hank Long got permission from the
Englewood City Council to hold the program twice a year, once at
the start of summer and again between Thanksgiving and
The program does decrease the fines collected by about 50
percent but it also collects food valued at more than the lost
fines that will help feed needy families in the area.
Each of the twice-a-year programs generally collect food valued
between $1,500 and $2,000 for Inter-Faith Community Services. The
estimated value of the raised in by the 19-year-old program is
For information on the Food for Fines program, call the library
Since it began in 1990, the Food for Fines program has collected
food donations for Inter-Faith valued at more than $35,000.
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