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1/3/2019 2:02:00 PM
Catawba Library Offers 'Food For Fines' Forgiveness Program

Catawba County Library
Press Release

NEWTON, N.C. – The Catawba County Library believes that lifelong learning should be accessible to everyone and that every county resident should feel at ease in the library’s branches. To help raise the level of comfort, the library is bringing back its Food for Fines forgiveness program, effective January 7-19, 2019.

In partnership with the Hickory Public Library, the Catawba County Library System is inviting patrons to pay their library-related fines with non-perishable goods. (The exchange rate is one food item for each dollar in fines that is owed.) Fines will be waived on any overdue materials that a patron returns, no matter how long the materials have been out. The exception: Donated food cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged items.

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The primary hope is to gather plenty of nutrient-rich foods that promote healthy living for both adults and children, a goal that comes through the Catawba County Health Partners’ Give Healthy Initiative.

Acceptable donations should fall within the expiration date indicated on the packaging. Ideal choices include canned meats, soups, canned vegetables and fruits, boxed cereals, grits, dried beans, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, baby food, Jell-O, jams, and small bags of flour or sugar. Ready-to-eat items and individual servings in pop-top cans are also desirable, along with items that don’t require refrigeration or cooking, like peanut butter, crackers, and single-serve fruit cups.

Patrons who don’t currently have overdue materials are also encouraged to participate in the library’s food collection efforts, which will help local food pantries build up their stocks for neighbors in need.

If you have any questions about the Food for Fines program, please call 828.465.8664.

For more information about Catawba County Libraries, visit, call 828.465.8664, email, or visit them on Facebook.

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