|Food For Fines|
JCL Final 2013 Food for Fines Date is December 20
Jefferson County Library will continue to offer the popular "Food for Fines" amnesty on the final Friday of each month during 2013. The final amnesty date for 2013 is Friday, December 20 in order to get the donations to the food pantries before Christmas. Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials may have their fines erased by donating canned food items. During 2013 the library will forgive up to one dollar in fines for each can of food donated. Even if you don't have fines, you can donate canned food items at the library and we will make sure it gets to the pantries.
On November 22 the library collected 523 canned food items. We waived $364 in overdue fines. During the first eleven months of 2013 the library has collected 7,156 canned food items and waived a total of $6,442 in fines. Food pantries in Jefferson County are reporting more people needing assistance but their food stocks are low. Hunger never takes a holiday! Please lend a helping hand so that no one in Jefferson County goes hungry this Christmas.
All the food collected 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: