Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Food for Fines Drive at the Cornelius Library

This week, the Cornelius Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries.

The Friends of the Cornelius Library have coordinated efforts to sponsor Cornelius Library’s annual “Food for Fines” drive. Cornelius library patrons can help out community members in need while clearing out their fines. From Sunday, April 9 through Saturday, April 15, the Cornelius Library will forgive $2.00 in fines (up to $20.00 per person) for every non-perishable food item donated.

This year the library expanded the max amount that can be waived up to $20, an increase from last year.

“People are delighted to help others in need of food while clearing up their library accounts,” notes Director Karen Hill. “All the food goes directly to Cornelius residents through a local church food pantry.” The food will be donated to the United Methodist Church food pantry in Cornelius, which will distribute it to local families in need.

Acceptable donations include:
  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, etc.)
  • Canned and boxed meals (chili, soup, macaroni and cheese, etc.)
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta, rice and cereal
  • Canned fruits
  • 100% fruit juices
  • Baby food

The Library cannot accept expired, homemade, perishable, open items, unlabeled or rusty cans. Donated foods can only be used to reduce library fines, not other library charges.

Other WCCLS Member Libraries also offer fine programs during National Library week or other times of the year. Please contact your library with questions.