Library Launches Food for Fines
Prince George, B.C. – Returning late materials on loan from the Prince George Public Library will cost you peanuts, or rice, or any of a number of non perishable food items.
The Library is launching a “Food for Fines” program that will accept a non perishable food item for a portion of the fine for late materials.
Each food item donated at either of the two Prince George Library branches, will see $2 knocked off the late fee, up to a maximum of $30 dollars.
The Food For Fines campaign is on now and will run through the full month of December.
Food items collected during the campaign will be donated to the Prince George Council of Seniors for their Christmas Hampers and extras will be distributed among other organizations which provide hampers as well as the local food banks..
The Prince George Council of Seniors specifically needs healthy food items appropriate for those who may be managing chronic health conditions. A wish list is available on the PGCOS website and includes items such as canned vegetables, canned fish or meat, oatmeal and other hot cereals, peanut butter, rice, barley, dried beans and pasta.
Last year, the Food for Fines campaign saw the Library waive more than $530 dollars in late fees. The program does not cover fees for lost or damaged items.