Library to write off fines in exchange for food donations

Have library fines you need to take care of? The month of February will be a prime time to do so as Franklin Memorial will do away with old debts in exchange for a bit of unusual currency.

Franklin Memorial Library announced Thursday the annual Food For Fines initiative returns for library patrons. This year’s program will span Tuesday, February 1, through Monday, February 28, and during these four weeks, the library will forgive overdue fines in exchange for donations of canned and packaged food for people and pets. Each item donated will equal $1 in fines forgiven on accounts.

Better still, patrons who don’t have library fines on their accounts can participate, too.

“This is a great opportunity to support the community while getting your library account in good standing,” said Regional Library Director Jennifer Durham. “No fines? You are welcome to donate food anyway to pay it forward and help those in need.”

Food donations will go to local food pantries while pet food donations will go to the Betty Gambrell Animal Shelter. Opened or expired items will not be accepted. Donations are for overdue fines only, not for fees for lost or damaged items. Fine forgiveness is for current fines on an account, not for future fines or in excess of current balance.

Franklin Memorial Library is part of Statesboro Regional Public Libraries (SRPL). This system consists of five libraries besides the one in Emanuel; other locations include libraries in Bulloch, Bryan, Candler, and Evans counties. Each of these are collecting donations for Food For Fines.

Further details can be obtained by contacting your local SRPL library. Franklin Memorial is located at 331 W. Main Street, Swainsboro and can be reached by phone at 478- 237 -7791 or on Facebook.

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