Library collecting items for food pantry

The public library is collecting everday items to benefit A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry at Faith Evangelical Church on Franklin Street. For years, the library has run a Food For Fines program, replacing library fines with donations of nonperishable items to the pantry. This year, A Servant’s Heart asked the library to collect nonfood items as well. Its wish list: dish detergent, shampoo, paper towels, toothpaste and tooth brushes, mouthwash, soap, toilet paper, kitchen trash bags, freezer bags, and household cleaning products.The library is also running a hat-and-mittens drive. The collection drive will run until Dec. 31, when donations will be handed over to the food pantry for distribution to needy Melrose families. “The pantry asked if we could focus on things other than food,” said Diane Wall, the library’s assistant director. “Folks who need food donations can also use these items.”