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Donate food to pay fines Sept. 15-Oct. 5

Pay your library fines by helping Lowcountry Food Bank

September 15 - October 5


Do you have Library fines building up on books or DVDs that need to be returned to Charleston County Public Library? Starting September 15 and running for three weeks, Charleston County Public Library users can reduce their overdue fines by helping their community.

For each new, non-perishable food item brought to a Charleston County Public Library location between September 15-October 5, 2008, a patron will have $1 in overdue fines forgiven, and the donated items will go to the Lowcountry Food Bank. A maximum of 20 items or $20 will be forgiven per account, and donations cannot be used to cover any replacement fees owed for lost items or damaged items.

Bins will be set up at each of the Library’s 16 locations, and patrons must come inside to the circulation desk to turn in their items. Donations cannot be left at book drops or outside the branches.

The Lowcountry Food Bank serves as a clearinghouse for food, collecting and distributing donated food to more than 400 churches, homeless shelters, orphanages, food pantries, soup kitchens and other community groups that feed the area’s hungry. In addition to working with community and civic organizations organizing food drives, the Food Bank also works with manufacturers, distributors, governments, supermarkets, wholesalers and farmers to collect and redistribute food that might otherwise be discarded.

Needed items include: peanut butter; canned chicken, salmon or tuna in water; low-salt/no salt canned vegetables; beans or pasta sauces; brown rice; whole wheat; multigrain pasta; whole grain cereals; whole wheat flour; sugar free puddings or gelatins; reduced fat/reduced sugar cookies; dried fruit; or whole grain crackers. 
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In addition to helping feed residents in need, Library patrons gain benefits by having their fines forgiven and regaining their Library privileges. A Library Card can open doors to new adventures, giving patrons access to a vast collection of books, DVDs, audio books, music CDs, videos, magazines, newspapers plus nearly 174 electronic subscriptions and databases – many available remotely over the Internet just by signing on with your Library Card number.

Based on the most recent state comparison of public libraries services during FY07, Charleston County Public Library had the highest annual circulation (3.36 million), the most visits to a branch (1.98 million), answered the most reference questions (1.78 million), offered the most public programs (4,270) and attracted the highest program attendance (116,320).