Harlingen Library offering food for fines program

HARLINGEN — Library visitors with late fees are now able to clear them while benefiting a good local cause.

The Harlingen Public Library has launched its Food for Fines program, which will run now through Nov. 24.

As part of the program, library personnel will accept non-expired canned food donations in exchange for waived library fines.

Each donated item will be given to Loaves and Fishes and will deduct $1 from late fees for returned items.

As per the library’s press release, fees are not to exceed $10.

Additionally, the press release states the program is not applicable to lost or damaged items.

“This is the longest stretch of time for the program than we’ve offered it in the past,” said Assistant Library Director Molly Walter. “So we really want to make it clear that we want people to come back to the library if they have fines and also create as much opportunity for people to give back to Loaves and Fishes as possible.”

According to Walter, the Harlingen Public Library annually offers the Food for Fines campaign around Thanksgiving and during National Library Week, which will take place in March.

“Food for Fines is a great opportunity to get the community to connect library services with Loaves and Fishes,” Walter said. “We really believe in the work that they do and we think that it’s a great opportunity to help patrons clear the fines off of their library accounts while at the same time provide a service for an organization that does a lot of good things for the community.”

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

• The Harlingen Public Library launched its Food for Fines program, which will run now through November 24.

• Every non-expired canned food donation will be given to Loaves and Fishes and will deduct $1 from late fees.

• Donations can be dropped off at the library located at 410 76 Drive during its hours of operation — Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.