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JCL Next 2014 Food for Fines Date is October 24

Jefferson County Library will continue to offer the "Food for Fines" amnesty on the final Friday of each month during 2014. This is the tenth year the library has offered this popular program. The next amnesty date for 2014 is Friday, Friday, October 24. The date has been moved up one week so it will not conflict with Halloween. Customers with outstanding fines for overdue materials may have their fines erased by donating canned food items. During 2014 the library will forgive up to one dollar in fines for each can of food donated. If you don't have library fines you can still drop off canned food items at the library on October 24 and help feed hungry families in our County.

On September 26 the library collected 513 cans of food for a total year to date of 5,508 cans. Thank you! With three months remaining, that's just a little less than 69% of our goal of 8,000 cans for this year! If we collect 831 cans each month for the rest of this year we will make our goal. All the canned goods collected by the library are donated to area food pantries. There is no limit on the number or amount of fines that can be cleared, but bills for lost or damaged library items are not eligible for the "Food for Fines" program.

Items that have been borrowed from another library outside the Jefferson County Library district are also not included in the fine amnesty. When a customer asks JCL to borrow an item for him from another library, and then keeps that item out overdue, or damages or loses the item, the library that owns the item charges the fine or fee, and JCL has to collect the money and send it to the owning library. If the customer doesn't pay, JCL has to cover that cost.

The library does not accept home-canned items, cans that are past their expiration date or are dented or damaged, or cans with bar codes that have been lined or scratched through. 

For more information contact your local branch of the Jefferson County Library:

Arnold Branch,
1701 Missouri State Road,
Arnold (636-296-2204);

Northwest Branch,
5680 State Road PP,
High Ridge (636-677-8186);

Windsor Branch,
7479 Metropolitan Boulevard,
Barnhart (636-461-1914).