A non-perishable food item can be donated to offset the fine for overdue books at Mesa’s four public library branches through April 30.
“It’s well-received,” Francisca Juarez, supervising library assistant at Red Mountain Branch Library, 635 N. Power Road, said April 14. “I had a person come in today and just come to drop off a few of the non-perishable food items. She didn’t have fines to waive. She was asking me where she could drop them off today.”
Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St.; Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road; Red Mountain Library; and Mesa Express Library, 2055 S. Power Road Suite 1031. All donated food items will support the United Food Bank.
The fifth-annual program started April 13. By mid-afternoon April 14, enough donations to fill five tall boxes had been received at the Red Mountain Branch Library, Tom Naylor, the library’s operations supervisor, said.
“There are some people who just bring it by for the sake of the drive, but for the most part it is for fines,” Mr. Naylor said.
Fines are 25 cents to $1 a day for overdue books and other items, according to the Mesa Public Library’s website at www.mesalibrary.org.
“For every non-perishable item, we will waive a dollar of overdue fines. It is only for overdue fines, so damaged, lost material – that sort of thing – does not apply. It is strictly for the fines. It is a dollar for every non-perishable with no limit on the fines,” Mr. Naylor said.
“There are some people who may have fines of $20, $30, and they will bring in 20 or 30 cans or non-perishable items. But I’d say on average we probably get 10 items per person,” he said.
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