Food for Fines

Food for Fines is back at the Howland Public Library. Between November 15th and December 30th, the library will be running the popular Food for Fines program to benefit local food pantries. Library patrons can erase or reduce their library fines and help their neighbors in need at the same time.

Donations of non-perishables, such as peanut butter, canned tuna and bags of rice, will be accepted in payment of fines owed on Howland Public Library books, CDs, DVDs and other items. Items will be donated to local food pantries in Beacon including Fareground’s Tiny Food Pantries and St. Andrews Food Pantry.

New this year, the library will also be accepting much needed personal care products such as toothpaste, soap, feminine hygiene products, and shampoo. These items will be donated to the Tiny Food Pantries. Items must be donated at the library’s circulation desk to qualify for the Food for Fines program.

Donated items must be non-perishable, labeled, undamaged, and unexpired. Food for Fines does not apply to fees for items that are lost or damaged, or from other libraries. Donations cannot be applied to future fines.

There’s no limit on the number of items you can donate. If you wish to donate even if you don’t have fines it would be greatly appreciated. Everyone is encouraged to give.

Help your neighbors. Help yourselves. Happy Holidays from Howland Public Library.