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Posted on: October 31, 2018

Marshall Public Library’s “Food for Fines” Program Begins November 1

You can pay off your fines for overdue books at the Marshall Public Library next month without spending a single penny. 

November 1, the library kicks off its annual “Food for Fines” food drive. The event allows patrons to have their fines forgiven by a dollar for every nonperishable food item they donate. 

“For example, if you have $10 in fines, bring in 10 cans of food when you return the item and all is forgiven,” said Kristy Lyon, Lead Reference Librarian with the Marshall Public Library. “'Food for Fines' helps the library get back items that otherwise might never be returned and helps out our friends and neighbors in need at the same time.”

According to The Idaho Foodbank, 1 in 6 Idaho children and 1 in 8 Idahoans are food insecure. 

Last year, the library collected 1,684 items and since its inception four years ago, 3,777 items have been taken in. 

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.

“Food for Fines” wraps up December 15. 

The program does not include replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, card replacement fees, or future overdue fines.

For more information on the programs and services available at the Marshall Public Library, visit

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