Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
If you’ve got a few dollars worth of fines with the Marshall Public Library, you’ve now got a chance to pay them off without giving librarians a cent.
During the month of November, the library will be running its “Food for Fines” program. The annual event lets patrons have their fines forgiven by a dollar for every nonperishable food item they donate.
“If you’ve got $10 in fines, bring in 10 cans of food and all is forgiven,” said Kristy Lyon, Administrative Assistant with the Marshall Public Library. “The program helps get back library materials that otherwise might never have been returned and help out our neighbors in need.”
Last year, the library was able to collect 1,056 items and in 2014, the library took in 507 items. All donations are given to The Idaho Foodbank for distribution.
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.