Fines Amnesty at your Local Library

Food for Fines at a Library Near You

Jones Library in Amherst offers a modified fines amnesty during December. Donate food for the Amherst Survival Center and the library will waive overdue fines!


“As the holiday season’s approach it often seems as if our minds turn to helping others more often than at other times during the year. Food and toy drives crop up at every nonprofit, mall courtyard, and school in the area, and volunteer numbers at soup kitchens, food pantry’s and other deserving organizations begin to rise,” writes Hilltown Families Berkshire Correspondent, Kelly Bevan McIlquham.

Like every year, the Berkshire Anthenaeum got a jump on the giving by offering a modified fines amnesty during the month of November. Library fines were forgiven when families donate nonperishable food items, to benefit local food banks, at the library.


In December the Amherst Library is offering the same. The library recently posted on their Facebook page:

From December 5 through December 30, bring in your overdue library materials and some non-perishable food to donate to the Amherst Survival Center, and we’ll waive the overdue fines on the materials being returned that day. Help the library and those in need at the same time!


In January, the Forbes Library in Northampton will also be holding a Food for Fines program, running from Jan. 3rd-Jan. 15th, 2011.

The library posts on their web page:

During this time, patrons may pay any Forbes Library overdue fines on their account with a donation of canned goods (please check your expiration dates) or healthy non-perishable food items. This applies to late fines only and not to lost or damaged fees. All food collected will be given to the Northampton Survival Center for distribution to those in need in Northampton. High demand food items are non-dairy milk, cereal, crackers, canned fruit, peanut butter, tuna fish, hearty winter canned soup, macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, beans, and rice. Suggested donation is one item for each $1 waived in fines.

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