BCLS collecting food donations for fines

Press release from the Burlington County Library.

The Burlington County Library System invites customers to have their library fines waived from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 by donating “food for fines” to help support the Food Bank of South Jersey and the Burlington County Animal Shelter. During this amnesty week, for every item donated up to 10 items, $2 in fines will be waived.

“We’re pleased to offer a food for fines drive, which will help our customers wipe away longstanding library fines while at the same time lend a helping hand to our neighbors and furry friends in need,” said BCLS Director Ranjna Das. “While fines will be waived for up to ten donated items, customers are welcome and encouraged to donate more. We look forward to seeing some returning faces in our library locations during this amnesty week.”

“We are hopeful that residents will take this opportunity to clear library fines, rejoin our strong reading community, and enjoy all the improved facilities and programming, like the Museum Passes and the always exciting musical performances in the library’s auditorium!” said Freeholder Felicia Hopson. “This is the first time in four years that the BCLS is hosting a food for fines drive.”

Up to $20 in fines, for 10 donated items, may be waived per customer, although collection fees will not be waived.

Library customers are asked to drop off nonperishable food at any participating BCLS location. Participating library locations include the Burlington County Library in Westampton as well as Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Maple Shade, Pemberton, Pinelands, Riverton, the Library Company of Burlington, Beverly and Delanco.

Most desirable donation items for South Jersey Food Bank are canned goods and nonperishable items.

Most desirable donation items for Burlington County Animal Shelter are canned kitten and adult cat food as well as canned puppy and adult dog food.

Please note: library staff cannot accept previously-opened containers, repackaged and homemade items, outdated products or perishable items, such as bread, pie, cake, produce or meat.

For more information please visit BCLS.Lib.NJ.US or call (609) 267-9660.