River Forest library accepting canned goods in exchange for lowered library fines

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

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.

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Mike from Oak Park   

Posted: April 14th, 2011 2:03 PM

What a great idea and idea of helping with lower fines and giving at the same time

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