Monday, May 13, 2013

Thanks a ton, Library customers!

The recent Food for Fines program sponsored by the North Olympic Library System was intended to bring folks with fines back into the Library by removing potential financial barriers in exchange for food donations. It was win, win, win as thousands of dollars of fines were waived for patrons, more than a ton of food was collected and given to local food banks, and important community ties were strengthened.

“We were shooting for a ton of food,” said Customer Service Specialist Bertha Beattie, “and we exceeded that expectation through the generosity of our patrons.” “It was a rousing success,” added Vera Glica, Technical Services Assistant. Beattie and Glica coordinated the system-wide event.

The Library turned over all donations of food to local area food banks. More than 1,100 lbs of food went to the Port Angeles Food Bank, over 950 pounds to the Sequim Food Bank, more than 400 pounds to the Forks Community Food Bank, and the New Hope Food Bank in Clallam Bay secured more than 120 pounds. In return, staff at the Library will now see some long-lost library users come through the doors - people who perhaps had been staying away from the Library because they owed fines on overdue materials.

Adding to the bounty in Clallam Bay

Over 1,100 lbs of food collected in Port Angeles

Loading donations in Forks

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