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Food for Fines a success

Posted 12/6/2018

Halstead Library collected about 100 cans of food during the month of November in exchange for waiving library fines. The food is being donated to the Neighbors Store to distribute to those in need. Halstead Library collected about 100 cans of food during the month of November in exchange for waiving library fines. The food is being donated to the Neighbors Store to distribute to those in need. HALSTEAD—Halstead Public Library’s first-ever Food for Fines program was a success, according to Library Director Joleen Ross. She estimated about 100 cans had been donated to the library during the month of November in exchange for waiving library fines.

Each can donated redeemed $1 in fines, and there was no limit on how many cans a person could bring in. One person had $20 in fines waived through the program.

Library fines are 10 cents a day for overdue books or a dollar a day for movies. Ross said overdue movies are responsible for most of the larger fines people owe since they may only be checked out for three days at a time.

The donated cans of food were given to the Neighbors Store to distribute to families in need.

Ross said the Food for Fines program had been fun and she thought the library would bring it back next year.