By Megan Dooley
The River Forest Public Library is offering altruistic residents a chance to chip away at their library late fees by bringing in canned goods for the Oak Park and River Forest Food Pantry.
Both non-perishable canned goods and toiletries are accepted in the Food for Fines program, and each item donated will knock $1 off the donor's fines for overdue library materials. The maximum credit is $5.
According to Ted Bodewes, the head of library circulation, the late fee forgiveness program is part of National Library Week.
Bodewes said it's the second year the library has held a Food for Fines program, and he expects a big donation turnout. But mostly, it's just generous library patrons looking to help out the food pantry. "What we've had a lot of is people just coming in and not caring about the fine reduction," said Bodewes of the donors.
Food for Fines will continue through April 17.