Library to accept donations of food/hygiene products for late fees this November

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For the month of November, the Fort St. John Public Library is accepting non-perishable food and/or hygiene product donations to pay off existing library fines.

All donations are going towards the Fort St. John Women’s Society.

For those that bring in non-perishable food items, Library staff will waive up to $25 in existing fines in exchange for the donation.

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Each non-perishable food item is worth $5 towards existing fines – to the maximum of $25 waived.

Overdue fines and lost fines for items which were lost more than one year ago are eligible for the Food for Fines program. Food for Fines applies to the Public Library owned materials only and does not apply to Interlibrary Loans.

And, of course, any of those lost/overdue items can be returned to the Library as well.

Even if you don’t have fines on your account, the Library says they are happily accepting non-perishable food donations for the FSJ Women’s Resource Society throughout the month of November.

The Public Library says fines often act as barriers to their patrons, and they believe removing small fines will encourage customers to come back to the Library and use their services.

They also said that it also acts as a way to update patron accounts, as well as help feed those in our community who need it most at the same time.

To show how it works, the Public Library has outlined some scenarios and how they will be handled during Food for Fines:

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  1. Let’s say that Tony has $15 in overdue charges. During Food for Fines, Tony brings in three cans of corn. Staff collects Tony’s cans of corn and pays off $15 of his charges. Tony no longer owes any overdue charges. Welcome back to the library, Tony – enjoy!
  2. Let’s say that Lisa lost a copy of Twilight in 2013 and owes FSJ Public Library $27.95. She brings in 2 cans of soup and 3 boxes of Kraft Dinner during Food for Fines month. Staff collects her donations and $25.00 in charges is cleared from her account. Lisa can pay the remaining $2.95 and owe no other lost charges on this book.
  3. Let’s say that Nancy has five books that are all three days overdue on November 4th. She returns all five books to the staff at the Circulation Desk with a can of tomato soup. No fines are assigned and Nancy owes $0.

For more information, the Library can be contacted at 250-785-3731.

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