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Linton Library needs more food to help area needy traded in for fines

Thursday, December 22, 2011

If you feel like getting off Santa's naughty list as far as late library books are concerned, the Linton Public Library's offering 50 cents credit for every canned good brought into the facility.

However, only a single day remains in the effort, and donations are below expectations so far.

The effort helps reduce late fees, but also gives needed supplies to area residents and their pets.

The "Food for Fines" drive, begun last Saturday, ends Friday, just before the holiday weekend.

"I think it's a wonderful idea," said genealogy librarian Sonna Berghaier. "I just wish more people would participate."

So far, donations to the drive have been less than were expected, said Luke Jerrells, a library page.

"There's actually only been a few items brought in so far."

Organizers are seeking canned food, canned pet food and other non-perishable items, intended to assist those in need locally.

Those who wish to trade the food for fines must bring donations to the library's circulation desk by Friday.

Items must be new, not opened, and cannot be past their expiration dates.

"It counts as 50 cents per item, whether it's big or small, for humans or for animals," Jerrells said

The donations cannot be counted against lost or damaged books, or those that have not been returned.

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