Ferndale Library Offers Leniency for Overdue Fees During Food Drive Dec. 9-15


Ferndale Library Offers Leniency for Overdue Fees During Food Drive Dec. 9-15

FERNDALE, MI – Have you been putting off a return to the library because of unpaid fees? This holiday season, the Ferndale Library offers local cardholders the chance to find some leniency by way of a food drive for non-perishable items to benefit Gleaners Food Bank.

During the second week of December, beginning on Sunday the 15th, Ferndale Library cardholders with fees can make amends, provided they offer a can of soup, or maybe some pasta! Circulation staff will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items, swapping in one item for $1 off of any unpaid late fee.

“Food For Fines” is not Ferndale’s original idea, it’s actually an annual benefit drive hosted by dozens of participating libraries that are part of the Library Network of Oakland County and the Suburban Library Cooperative. In 2017, library patrons provided more than 13,000 lbs of food or nearly 11,000 meals to neighbors in need. The holidays are a great time to clean out our pantries and think of those in need.

Kelly Bennett, Ferndale Library’s Head of Circulation Services, is hoping this food drive fosters many happy returns for patrons who might have been avoiding the library, lately. “We want to see patrons who may owe fines come back to us,” said Bennett, “Food for Fines is a great way to help out both those library patrons as well as the thousands of hungry people in need in our community.”

Patrons may only offer food for fines during the week of December 9-15. There will be no limit on the number of items a patron with fees can bring in, however it is for overdue or damage charges only–food cannot be accepted for LOST ITEMS or fees associated with accounts in collection. The library will not accept items that are expired or damaged. Gleaners Food Bank prefers cans, paper boxes and plastic containers rather than glass so they don’t break in transit. The Circulation Staff can provide patrons with a list of items specifically desired by Gleaners by phone: 248-546-2504.

Local teens can also donate food items, even if they do not have fines. Teens who are not Ferndale residents can still bring items to donate “out of the kindness of their hearts,” said Youth Services Librarian Jasmine Parker.

For more info on Ferndale Library visit www.ferndalepubliclibrary.org.


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