Rushville Republican


December 16, 2011

RPL accepting food for fines

Special offer runs through December

RUSHVILLE — In an effort to help the community, Rushville Public Library will accept non-perishable food items and paper, cleaning and personal hygiene products in lieu of money for payment of overdue fines accrued from Dec. 15 to the end of the year.

At the November board meeting, library trustees approved a policy titled "Food for Fines."

This policy states that from Dec. 15 to 31 each year, library patrons may pay their fines for overdue library materials that they return by donating non-perishable food items, paper products, personal hygiene products and cleaning products.

This special fine collection will take place only at Rushville Public Library for the benefit of Rushville's local food pantry and/or the victims' assistance shelter.

Donated items must not be damaged, expired or previously opened.

The new library policy not only helps the community, but also the library.

"Hopefully, library patrons will dig out overdue items and return them during the last two weeks of December with the knowledge that they can

donate needed food and products to help pay for the fines. However, library patrons should note that donated food and products will not be accepted in order to pay for fines which are on their record prior to December 15," RPL head librarian Sue Otte said.

Donated items shall be valued as follows: non-perishable food items will be worth 50 cents each; paper products, personal hygiene, and cleaning

products will be worth $1 each.

In addition, folks who participate in reciprocal borrowing or who use a PLAC card should note that this policy does not apply to fines incurred for materials borrowed by Rushville Public Library patrons from other libraries.

Rushville Public Library also will happily accept donations of non-perishable food items and paper, cleaning and personal hygiene products from those who don't accrue fines from Dec. 15 until the end of the year, too.

If you have any questions about "food for fines" call RPL at 932-3496 or visit the library's front desk to speak to a librarian.

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