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Libraries Want Members to Trade Food for Fines

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April 12, 2019
York County Libraries Want Members to Trade Food for Fines
Library Late Fees are Reduced; Donations go to Area Food Pantries

York County Libraries want to make a trade with library members who have late fees.  From May 1 – May 31st, York County Libraries will reduce a library cardholder’s late fees by one dollar for each non-perishable item he or she donates at the library.  The food drive provides members with a way to erase their late fees and help feed hungry community members at the same time.  Food collected during the month will be distributed to area food banks and organizations across York County.   
 “Libraries are so important in the lives of our community members,” explains Martin Library Director Mina Edmondson. “Providing a child, a family or an individual access to all the resources available at the library is extremely important to us.”  The “Food for Fines” program runs the entire month of May during regular operating hours at each of the 13 York County Libraries’ locations and at the Salem Square Library.
 All food donations should be non-perishable items in cans, boxes, bags, or pouches.  In the past, individuals have donated items such as cereal, soup, rice, beans, macaroni and cheese, juice, peanut butter, and canned meat like tuna, chicken, and salmon that don’t require refrigeration prior to opening.  The libraries will not accept out-of-date food, dented or rusted cans. It should be noted that the program applies to late fees only and does not credit to items that have been lost. 
Food will be collected at the following locations, and donated to the local food pantries indicated:  
•        Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock – The Well
•        Collinsville Community Library -- Mason-Dixon Community Service, Delta
•        Dillsburg Area Community Library -- New Hope Ministries, Dillsburg
•        Dover Area Community Library -- New Hope Ministries: Dover Food Bank, Dover
•        Glatfelter Memorial Library -- Harvest of Hope, York
•        Guthrie Memorial Library – New Hope Ministries, Hanover
•        Kaltreider-Benfer Library – Red Lion Area Community Services & Emmanuel’s Closet, Dallastown
•        Kreutz Creek Library  – Eastern York Food Pantry, Wrightsville
•        Martin Library, Salem Square Library– Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, York
•        Mason-Dixon Public Library -- Southern York County Food Pantry, New Freedom
•        Red Land Community Library -- Red Cap Food Ministry, Lewisberry
•        Paul Smith Library of Southern York County -- Southern York County Food Pantry, New Freedom
•        Village Library -- Christ United Methodist Church Food Pantry of Jacobus
For library hours, locations and more information, please go to yorklibraries.org.   York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, story times, book discussions and more.  Their librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning, providing opportunities and resources for all ages. 

Deb Sullivan, Community Relations Director                                               
York County Libraries
159 E. Market St., York, PA 17401
(717) 849-6931