on January 29, 2010 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

‘Food for Fines’ at Oconee libraries

For the Journal

WALHALLA — Returned a few books late? Owe a little money to the library? Want to help out your community and those in need?  This February, share the love by donating canned goods and other non-perishable items to the Oconee County Public Libraries during the second annual Food for Fines campaign.
The Golden Corner Ministries Food Bank is facing huge increases in demand. OCPL will help by having patrons donate food to pay overdue book fines.
“It’s a good way too for patrons to clear up to $5 off their account,” said Library Director Sue Baldwin. “Food items will serve as overdue-book currency, beginning Feb. 8” and ending Valentine’s Day.
The library will waive $1 in fines for every food item. Charges for lost items will not be waived. Although there is a limit on credit to an overdue balance, there’s no limit on how many items patrons may bring in.
“Don’t have a fine? That’s fine! Donations are welcome!” said Seneca library employee, Jonathan Hunter. “All branch libraries and the bookmobile will be set up as food drop-off points. Library employees have volunteered to transport the donations to the food bank.”
For more information about the Food for Fines campaign and other library programs and services, please visit the OCPL online at www.oconee.lib.sc.us.
or call the main branch in Walhalla at (864) 638-4133.