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If you’ve been avoiding the Marshall Public Library because of a few overdue books, now’s your chance to make things right. All librarians ask for is a few canned food items.
During November, the library will forgive $1 of overdue fines for every can of nonperishable food brought to the library for the “Food for Fines” program. All of the food that is collected will then be donated to The Idaho Foodbank.
“This program not only helps the library get back late materials but also helps our friends and neighbors in need,” said Kristy Lyon, Administrative Assistant at the Marshall Public Library. “So, rather than digging into your pockets, go through your cupboards instead.”
Last year the library was able to collect 413 items for fines and also received 94 items from staff and patrons.
The library asks that donations include only shelf-stable foods such as canned fruits, vegetables, meats, soups, boxed meals, pasta, peanut butter, and jelly. The library cannot accept home-canned items, opened foods, or foods past their expiration dates.
The program does not include replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, card replacement fees, or future overdue fines.