EAST CHICAGO | The Board of Trustees has declared December "Food for Fines Month" at the East Chicago Public Library.
Patrons can wipe their slate clean of fines for overdue library materials by contributing to the East Chicago Public Library's annual food drive.
"Fine-Free month is a positive way in which the library can encourage patrons to return their overdue items," said Mr. Charles Moore, East Chicago Library director. "The library also embraces this activity as an opportunity to share the spirit of the holiday season with others in the community."
From December 1 through December 30, canned goods and other non-perishable items will be accepted as payment for fines. One can or box of food will be exchanged for the fine on one library item.
Fees for lost or damages materials will not be forgiven. The offer does not apply to items checked out from the Audio-Visual Department. This offer applies only to items checked out from the East Chicago Public Library.
Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted throughout December at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive, and the Pastrick Branch Library, 1008 W. Chicago Ave. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The food that is collected will be donated to the Salvation Army to help brighten the holidays of those less fortunate.