Library offers Food for Fines program in lieu of overdue book fines

Posted Nov. 23, 2012, at 3:01 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Location: Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, Maine

BATH, Maine — The Patten Free Library will offer its Food for Fines program Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 8. During that time  the library will allow patrons to “pay” overdue fines by bringing in a food donation for the Bath Area Food Bank. For each packaged item turned in at the library $1 in fines will be removed from the account. The Library still requires payment for lost or damaged items.

Library staff will deliver the donated items to the food bank.

Recurring needs at the food bank include canned vegetables, baked beans, meat and tuna; canned or dry fruit, juice, soup, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, pasta, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Items that are damaged, contained in glass or have an expired date will not be accepted.

The Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

The Bath Food Pantry is located at the United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., and is open 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m.  Fridays.