This Year, “Food for Fines” Campaign Nets Nearly 41,000 Pounds of Food
Nashville Public Library’s winter promotion, “Food for Fines,” helped net 40,685 pounds of donated food items in January. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will use this bounty to provide nearly 34,000 meals to Davidson County families this winter.
Library patrons who brought canned and packaged food items to the Library during the campaign earned $1.00 in “fine forgiveness” with each donated item, put toward their overdue books and materials fees.
The Library complemented Food for Fines – a favorite among Library patrons for years – with hunger awareness programs at all 21 locations throughout January.
“Food for Fines is always a winter favorite among our patrons and our staff. We give back through this promotion for two reasons: First, it’s the right thing to do. Second, Nashville Public Library is about much more than books on shelves. Our Library is also about creating community.”
Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library
About Nashville Public Library
Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The Library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit library.nashville.org.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer