Tin Food CansThe 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:

BlanchardBlanchard Lions Club, for their Christmas food baskets

McLoudFirst Baptist Church of McLoud

MooreBrand Senior Center

NewcastleVeterans Corner

NobleFirst State Bank, First Baptist Church of Noble, Maguire Farm Store

Norman Central, Norman WestSalvation Army of Norman

Purcell – McClain County Christmas Connection

ShawneeSalvation Army of Shawnee

Southwest Oklahoma CityMoore Public Schools Food Pantry and Moore Food Resource Center

TecumsehHighland Church of Christ