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Overdue library books? Pay your fine with canned goods to restock food banks

Homeschoolers love books and they are frequent visitors to the public library.  Most leave with a boxful of books on each trip.  It is not unusual for homeschool students to have books in various places around the house, making it easy to overlook one when it is time to renew them.  Fines for overdue books at the Phoenix public libraries are now up to twenty cents per day for books, DVDs and videos and ten cents per day for children’s materials.

At this rate, a box of books that is a day late can be a handful of dollars, which adds up quickly over a few days to a point of embarassment and serious indebtedness.

Fortunately, for those who chronically get overdue notices, there are some helpful ideas that will save your bank account and re-establish your family as valued library patrons.

Food for Fines at the Phoenix Public Libraries

From April 9 – 23, 2011, library fines can be erased from memory, and the cardholder given amnesty on those books from two years ago that were found in the couch cushions.

  • Go to any branch during open hours with canned or boxed food
  • Each item will buy off $.50 worth of fines, up to a maximum of $50 owed
  • Donations will not be accepted for damaged items, collection fees or lost books.
  • Donated food must be non-perishable, non-homemade and non-refrigerated.
  • Donated food will be distributed to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Desert Mission Food Bank.

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