By Ashley Rader
For three days, local library patrons who are willing to take a can of food off their pantry shelf can return an overdue book to the library shelf without a fine.
The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library will offer a Food for Fines trade from Thursday, Jan. 24, to Saturday, Jan. 26. During those days, library patrons with overdue materials will be granted a reprieve on their fines in return for a donation of canned food items for a local charity.
Library Director Mel Goff said during that time, the library will waive the late fees on one overdue item for each non-perishable food item donated. A maximum of $25 per patron will be waived during the Food For Fines period.
The offer only applies to items being returned to the library from Thursday to Saturday. Fines on materials already returned to the library cannot be waived. Goff said only late fines would be waived – not fees for replacement items or damaged materials.
Also, the food and the item need to be turned in at the library at the same time. Items must be brought into the library and not left in the drop box outside.