Easton library offers fine forgiveness for food

Library deadbeats in Easton can get out from under their debts and feel doubly good about it as part of the Ames Free Library’s annual Food for Fines program, which runs through Dec. 8.

During that time, library patrons can pay off their fines by bringing in nonperishable food to the library. Each food item will erase $1 in fines, and all the goods will be donated to the Easton Food Pantry.

On average, the library waives about $125 in fines each year during Food for Fines, but collects far more than 125 edible items, according to library technician Mary Silva.


“While it is helpful for some [to have their fines forgiven], the vast majority of people just want to help the community, and bring in food items whether they have fines or not,” she said. “They come in with a bag of canned goods and have 20 cents in fines, or none at all. It’s awesome.”

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