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Exchange "Food for Fines" with Midpointe Library System
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The MidPointe Library System will be offering patrons a chance to do good in their community, while simultaneously eliminating Library overdue fees as they again sponsor their popular "Food For Fines" program. From November 23rd through December 31st, for each non-perishable item a patron donates, one dollar of outstanding fines will be forgiven.

"This program is a wonderful way for our users to eliminate their fines, while contributing to a worthy cause," says Library Director Anita Carroll.

The MidPointe Library System will be distributing the contributions throughout their service area to multiple food pantries and charitable organizations including Reach Out Lakota, the EMA Food Pantry in Trenton and the Salvation Army of Middletown.

Canned goods, boxed mixes, toiletries and paper goods are all welcome contributions. Donated items can be used for up to five dollars worth of fines per patron. Fees for lost or damaged materials cannot be forgiven through this program.

MidPointe first launched the Food For Fines program last year and the 2011 campaign resulted in almost $6000 in forgiven fines and over 7000 items donated to local charitable organizations.

"Food For Fines was huge last year and we are very excited MidPointe is offering this important project again," said EMA Food Pantry Coordinator Debra Shane.

The Food For Fines program is not the only way the Library will be giving back to the community this holiday season. The MidPointe Library West Chester Young Adult Board will be sponsoring a "giving tree" to benefit the Animal Friends Humane Society of Butler County. Patrons can find more information at the Youth Services Desk of the MidPointe Library West Chester or by calling (513)777-3131. The MidPointe Library System also hosts Toys for Tots drop boxes at all their locations through December 16th.

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