The Lake County Library System is sponsoring its annual “Food for Fines” campaign. The library will accept food donations May 1 through May 13.
For each unopened, unexpired, non-perishable, commercially packaged, undamaged food item you donate, the library will subtract $1 off your overdue library fines; however, there will be no fee waivers for lost or damaged library materials.
All food donations will benefit local food banks. Other donation items may include pet food, toilet paper and toiletries (shampoos, toothpaste and toothbrushes).
Citizens who do not have library fines but still want to donate are welcome to drop off items in the “Food for Fines” bins at the library. Another option for those with no fines is to help clear fines from children’s library cards so that these children can fully participate in the summer reading program.
To find out if you owe any fines, go to mylakelibrary.org, and click on the link to “My Account”. Enter your library card number and PIN (typically the last four digits of your phone number) to check your account balance.
Last year, over 2,300 items were donated to local food banks.