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Libraries Lowering Fines for a Good Cause

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The Springfield Greene-County Library is offering to clear away overdue fines on your account in exchange for helping a good cause.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The Springfield Greene-County Library is offering a way to clear overdue fines on your account in exchange for helping a good cause.

Have some overdue book fines you’d like to wipe clean this year? The Green-County Libraries are offering Food For Fines between Sunday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 1.

For each item of non-perishable food you donate at one of the Springfield-Greene County Library branches or Mobile Library, the library will deduct 50 cents from your overdue fine balance. There’s no limit to how much you can pay down, but the offer applies only to overdue items, not fines for lost or damaged items.

The library in partnership with the help of Boy Scout Troop 120 out of Willard will deliver all of the donations to Ozarks Food Harvest, the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri.

The food bank serves 250 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties and reaches about 80,000 individuals monthly and distributes 12 million pounds of food annually.

In return, you can get rid of overdue fine balances from your own or a family member’s library card account.

Library card holders with overdue fines can’t borrow items, use public computers or access library research sites when their fines reaches $10.

The Feeding America food bank needs canned or boxed meats, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and stews, peanut butter, cereal and macaroni and cheese but requests for no glass items. Donations of personal hygiene items are also welcome.

Since 2010, patrons of the library have donated almost 32,000 pounds of food during Food For Fines. In exchange each year, the library has waived an average of $3,900 in fines it normally would have collected.

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