|Food For Fines|
JCL Next 2014 Food for Fines Date is March 28
Jefferson County Library will continue to offer the "Food for Fines" amnesty on the final Friday of each month during 2014. This is the tenth year the library has offered this popular program. The next amnesty date for 2014 is Friday, March 28. Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials may have their fines erased by donating canned food items. During 2014 the library will forgive up to one dollar in fines for each can of food donated.
"With the harsh winter, may people are struggling to pay their heating bills, so there's less money for groceries," said JCL director Pam Klipsch. "The food pantries help fill that gap, but they need the community's support to do so."
On February 28 the library collected 685 cans of food for a total year to date of 1,350 cans. All the food collected by the library is donated to area food pantries. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared, but bills for lost or damaged library items are not eligible for the "Food for Fines" program.
Items that have been borrowed from another library outside the Jefferson County Library district are also not included in the fine amnesty. When a customer asks JCL to borrow an item for him from another library, and then keeps that item out overdue, or damages or loses the item, the library that owns the item charges the fine or fee, and JCL has to collect the money and send it to the owning library. If the customer doesn't pay, JCL has to cover that cost.
The library does not accept home-canned items, cans that are past their expiration date or are dented or damaged, or cans with bar codes that have been lined or scratched through.
For more information contact your local branch of the Jefferson County Library: