The Pioneer Library System is giving back in advance of the holidays, thanks to the donations of readers throughout the library system's three-county area. The Food for Fines campaign returns Nov. 5-14, with donations being taken in each of the 11 hometown libraries in the system.
In the Food for Fines program, readers who may have had a little trouble getting their library materials checked back in on time can help take away some or all of their fines by bringing a donation of a non-perishable canned or boxed food item. For each can or box of food, $1 will be wiped off of their fines, up to a $20 total.
The Food for Fines program applies only to fines. This does not include lost items or referral fees.
The most important part of the program is the final result – a significant donation of resources to local agencies that are able to use them to help families in the holiday season. Last year, donations totaled more than 3 tons of food received and donated by hometown libraries, with a total of almost 29 tons of food donated since the campaign began in 2005.
Organizations that will receive this year's donations are:
Blanchard – Blanchard Lions Club, for their Christmas food baskets
McLoud – First Baptist Church of McLoud
Moore – Brand Senior Center
Newcastle – Veterans Corner
Norman Central, Norman West – Salvation Army of Norman
Purcell – McClain County Christmas Connection
Shawnee – Salvation Army of Shawnee
Tecumseh – Highland Church of Christ