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Cornwall's libraries let people pay fines with food

Cornwall's libraries let people pay fines with food

Published by Emma Carton at 7:46am 12th December 2019. (Updated at 11:36am 12th December 2019)

Your overdue library books could help Cornwall's struggling families this Christmas.

Libraries from St Ives to Liskeard are running a 'Food for Fines' scheme.

The special, one-off fundraiser will let people clear their fees with donations to foodbanks.

It has been organised by Cornwall Council's libraries team and will run until the end of December.

What libraries are running 'Food for Fines' and when?

Food for Fines runs from Monday 2nd December to Tuesday 31st December inclusive. 

All food donated over participating library counters during December will then be passed on to local foodbank charities.

The libraries taking part are in Penzance, Helston, Callington, Bodmin, Liskeard, Launceston, Looe, St Agnes, Falmouth, Redruth, St Ives, St Just, St Columb Major and Hayle, as well as the two mobile library vans.

Camelford Library will be accepting food for fines up to £5.

The food for fines idea has already taken off in America, and had success in the UK in places including Renfrewshire and the Wirrall. 

Cornwall Libraries is hoping that Cornish communities will respond to the call just as generously.

"Money is tight everywhere, but some families are really struggling, so in the run-up to Christmas, if you owe any money for overdue items this is a good opportunity for you to donate food to help your local community, making your own money go further too.

"The above sites and our mobile libraries will accept whatever you are able to donate to clear any library fines you owe when you make your donation. 

"How much you owe, and whether the value of the food donated matches or exceeds it, is not an issue. 

"This is just a community coming together to help others, in the true spirit of the season. 

"Of course, we will happily accept donations even if you don't owe any library fines! 

"Help us to spread some smiles this Christmas!"

Library and Information Service Manager, Linda Moffatt

You can read more about the scheme here.

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