The St. Johns County Public Library System reported to local Historic City News reporters that beginning Monday, November 14, 2011, the St. Johns County Library System will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of overdue library fines.
“In these challenging economic times, more residents are experiencing difficulty paying bills and keeping food on the table,” said office coordinator Angelina Gervasi. “Area food banks cannot meet local demand for holiday meals.”
This project will run through Thursday, December 22, 2011 and all food collected will be given to the Mental Health Food Bank for local distribution.
Patrons may bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item for each $1.00 overdue fine. This waiver is for library fines only and does not include fees for printing, lost items, nor may it be used for credit against future fines.
The public is also encouraged to drop off contributions at any of our library branches or bookmobile stops.