If you are in Statesboro, and like me, you have a few overdue library books. Guess what?  You can get out of the fines until February 16th! All you have to do is bring in one canned item per dollar in fine. 

That’s amnesty. And, that’s a deal!

Food for Fines

Where:Statesboro Regional Library When: Feb. 1-16, 2008
The Statesboro Regional Library presents one of our most popular events, “Food for Fines” beginning Friday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 16. During that time library patrons may bring in 1 canned good in exchange for $1.00 in regular overdue fines on library materials. Up to $5.00 in fines will be forgiven.

Library Director Lois Roberts said, “The ‘Food for Fines’ program is our Valentine’s gift to the community and to The Food Bank, Inc. of Statesboro, which will receive all donations brought to the library. This year all five of our affiliated libraries will be participating at the same time, and various charities in those communities will benefit.”

The program provides library patrons with a way to reduce or eliminate overdue fines, and provides much-needed donations to The Food Bank, Inc.

Canned items such as soups, vegetables, beans, pasta dishes and meats are welcome, as well as rice, oatmeal, cream of wheat or grits packed in individual servings, dried beans, dried pastas, and dried milk may be donated, according to Alton Odom, director of The Food Bank, Inc.

Food for Fines

A patron donates food at the library.

More:  Statesboro Herald Article

*Photo by Terry Bain