|The Chula Vista Public Library is offering an opportunity to wipe away overdue fines while helping those in need during its "Food for Fines" campaign.
Bring non-perishable food items to the library from November 22 through December 23, and overdue fines will be waived at the rate of $1 per item. Donations will benefit South Bay Community Services to help local families in need. Those who do not owe fines are also encouraged to donate. Food will be accepted at the following branch libraries: Civic Center, 365 F St., (619) 691-5069; South Chula Vista, 389 Orange Ave., (619) 585-5755; and Eastlake, 1120 Eastlake Parkway, (619) 397-3980.
In this economy, it is sometimes very difficult for people to pay their fines. This program enables library users to clear their records while helping local families who are in dire need of food, especially around the holiday season.
The Library's "payment system" works as follows: Non-perishable items such as canned vegetables; tuna fish and dried pasta count for up to $1 worth of fines for each item. A maximum of $10 in library fines per Library card will be waived in exchange for donated food. Items may be used to clear fines only; not for lost or damaged books or Collection Agency fees.
Non-nutritious items such as candy, chips, etc., damaged containers, and foods that have passed their expiration dates will not be accepted in lieu of fines.
For more information, visit any of the city's libraries or online at: www.chulavistalibrary.com.