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Ashamed you didn’t return that library book 10 years ago?

January 21, 2019

Do you have late charges on your library account that are discouraging you from visiting the Deer Park Library? Or perhaps you have a long overdue book?

During February, to mark its building’s 50th birthday, the library will offer a one-time Food for Fines program giving patrons the opportunity to clear library fines while providing nonperishable food to community members in need.

The library, 3009 Center St., will accept unexpired nonperishable food items and/or dry dog or cat food to go toward previously incurred late fines (not valid for damaged or lost items). In addition, patrons with overdue items on their accounts can return the item with an unexpired nonperishable food item and/or pet food to waive all fines and fees for the item. Items must be in condition to be circulated.

Here’s how the program works:

Each can of food counts as $2 toward waiving fines. Each 5 pounds of pet food counts for $10 for waiving fines The library will not apply additional credit to a patron’s account. All donated goods must be unexpired.

Both the Fine Forgiveness and Food for Fines programs can only be used toward late charges and not for other fees. Nonperishable food items will support the Interfaith Helping Hands Food Bank, while dry pet food will be donated to the Deer Park Animal Shelter.

For more about library programs, visit deerparktx.gov/97/Library.