LEWISTON — Lewiston Public Library has declared the week of May 9 to 14 Food Not Fines Week, part of a statewide fine amnesty food drive coordinated by the Maine State Library. During this week patrons who return their overdue library items will have current and past fines (not including item replacement charges) excused in exchange for donations of nonperishable food. Each canned or boxed item will be worth $2 toward payment of fines. Those food donations will be redistributed to the Trinity Jubilee Center Food Pantry.
Maine State Library is pleased to promote this effort. State Librarian Linda Lord says, “Food Not Fines Week is a win-win event: you relieve your conscience of those nagging overdue items, libraries get errant materials back on the shelves to share with others, and together we all help our neighbors in need. Patrons without overdue books are also encouraged to bring donations of food.”
For a list of other participating libraries around Maine, go to www.maine.gov/msl/fines.shtml.