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April 3, 2018 > Library amnesty seeks food in lieu of fines

Library amnesty seeks food in lieu of fines

Submitted By Erik Sanjurjo

Are overdue fines or lost items keeping you away from the library? Santa Clara County residents have a great opportunity to eliminate outstanding library fines and fees during the entire month of April.

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is launching its Food for Fines program, waiving up to $100 in exchange for the donation of any amount of non-perishable food. ÒOver 100,000 of our patrons have outstanding fees or fines,Ó says County Librarian Nancy Howe. ÒFood for Fines provides them with a unique opportunity to come back to the library and start fresh, while at the same time being able to help out the less fortunate with a food donation.Ó

Food for Fines will be available at each of SCCLDÕs seven community libraries and one branch library, as well as through its Bookmobile. Patrons bring their food donations to the Accounts Desk during business hours to have up to $100 in fines and fees waived. In the case of lost or expired library cards, participants should bring a valid form of photo identification. A list of most needed and allowable food donations can be found at

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