The Omaha Public Library has come up with a creative way to get books back without patrons having to pay their entire overdue fine. Spokesperson Emily Getzschman says instead of paying all the fine, library users can donate non-perishable food items to reduce that amount.
Getzschman says, “They can bring them to any of our library desks. $2 for each item will be forgiven for overdue fines and that is up to ten items for a total of $20.
All 12 library branches are participating in the “Food for Fines” campaign. Donations will benefit Together, Heartland Ministry Center and Food Bank for the Heartland who helps stock the shelves at food pantries across the state.
This is the second year for the campaign and Getzschman says last year, “We had over 2,000 people donate over 5,500 pounds of food which provided over 4,500 meals. We took off over $8,300 in fines.”
The program runs from October 14th through the 21st.