Turn your library fines into food this Christmas

Published: 05 Jun 2018 10:44am

1 December 2015

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Turn your library fines into food this Christmas

Want to be in Santa’s good books this Christmas?

Wagga Wagga City Library’s annual Food For Fines campaign begins today, with library members able to pay off overdue fees by donating non-perishable food items.

The program, which is in its 16th year, will help stock up the Salvation Army’s pantry in the busy holiday season.

“Even if you don’t have any library fines, you can still come in and make a donation to this important cause,” Library Manager Claire Campbell said.

“Your contribution will support the Salvation Army’s hard work and ensure everyone in our community can have a merry Christmas.

“Tinned meals, pasta, beans, cereals and recipe bases are really helpful items. Just make sure your donation is non-perishable so it can be distributed when it is needed most.”

For the past 16 years, Council has given back to the community each festive season through the Food For Fines campaign by forfeiting the money from overdue fees. Since 2004, every branch of Riverina Regional Library have also been involved, meaning residents across the area can donate to this worthwhile cause.

Around the region other various local charities will be the recipients, as nominated by their branch libraries. The community can make donations to the Food For Fines campaign until close of business on Christmas Eve.

With school holidays approaching, Ms Campbell said Wagga Wagga City Library will be providing plenty of boredom busters in the new year.

“The library is a great place for you to borrow up to 50 books, audio books or DVDs for the holiday period,” she said.

“You can also download free music, movies and books with your library card.

“Be sure to follow the library on Facebook for updates on the library’s action packed holiday programs including Summer Reading Club, board games, computer games and craft activities until school resumes in 2016.”



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