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Overdue library books? Pay it off with food donation

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The St. Johns County Public Library System will once again offer patrons a way to lower or eliminate library fines while providing much-needed assistance to the Health and Human Services Food Pantry through the “Food for Fines” program.

From now through Dec. 21, a donation of one non-perishable, unexpired food item or pet supply item will remove $1 of fines from a patron’s library record. This fine-reduction program applies only to overdue fines and patrons may bring in as many items as needed to reduce overdue fines.

Fees related to damaged or lost items are not included in the Food for Fines program.

Food donations and pet supplies/food may be dropped off at any St. Johns County Library branch or with one of the county’s bookmobile.

Last year, St. Johns County residents provided more than 9,000 non-perishable items through the “Food for Fines” program. All food collected will remain in St. Johns County for the benefit of local residents. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your local branch library.