|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. This year, the library is partnering with Altrusa International, Inc. of Chula Vista, and all donations will benefit South Bay Community Services to help local families in need.
Bring non-perishable food items to any library branch from December 1-24, and overdue fines will be waived at the rate of $1 per item. 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 Otay Ranch at the Otay Ranch Town Center (Food Pavilion area), 2015 Birch Road, (619) 397-5740.
“The Food for Fines program is very popular with our library community,” says Library Director Betty Waznis. “It’s so heartwarming to see how many people bring in donations of food, even if they have no library fines. Especially at this time of year, our residents really join together to help those less fortunate with one of life’s basic necessities.”
Shauna Stokes, Altrusa’s president, concurs. “Our club has assisted South Bay Community Services on a regular basis. As great supporters of the library and Community Services, we love the idea of being able to give to two organizations we fully support in such an important way.”
The Library's "fine-reducing system" works as follows: Non-perishable items such as canned vegetables; canned meats 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.
Posted: November 19, 2013