Pay Fines with Food

Howland accepting pantry donations

The Howland Public Library in Beacon has launched its annual “food for fines” program, which continues through Dec. 30.

Library patrons can erase or reduce fines on overdue books, CDs, DVDs and other items by donating non-perishable items such as peanut butter, canned tuna and bags of rice. The food will be donated to Fareground’s Tiny Food Pantries, St. Andrew’s Church and the Beacon Community Kitchen.

The library will also be accepting personal-care products such as toothpaste, soap, feminine hygiene products and shampoo. Food for Fines does not apply to fees for items that are lost, damaged or from other libraries.