Pay overdue book fines with food donations

Cranbrook Public Library kicks off Food for Fines campaign for December.

  • Dec. 4, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Throughout December you can support the Cranbrook Food Bank and clear those pesky fines off your library account during the Cranbrook Public Library’s 6th annual Food for Fines campaign.  All you have to do is bring along food instead of money on your next visit to the Library.

‘The generosity of the residents of Cranbrook is well known,’ says Ursula Brigl, chief librarian.  ‘With Food for Fines, the Library offers people a chance to do something for those struggling to make ends meet, clear their account, and keep a bit of extra cash to use on something else.’

Every item of non-perishable food in is worth up to $1 of fines.  For example, a $4.60 fine costs 5 items.

There are a few things to keep in mind:

  • only overdue fines can be paid with food, all other charges still need money
  • the actual value of an item is not used
  • bring only unopened, pre-packaged food
  • no glass containers or damaged packaging, including dented cans
  • no perishable or expired food
  • no condiments such as ketchup or mustard

Here are some ideas for what you can bring in:

  • Canned items such fruit or vegetables, meat or fish, soups or stews, pork and beans, pasta sauce
  • Packaged items like macaroni and cheese, cereal, pasta, crackers, rice, dry beans, dried fruit, nuts
  • Jars of jam, peanut butter and other spreads

This December, take the opportunity to do something that benefits both you and others, pay off your fines with food.  Of course, you can also donate food even if you don’t have any fines.  The Library will make sure it all gets to the Cranbrook Food Bank.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Wreaths are placed on the cenotaph in Rotary Park during the 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony. There will be no formal ceremony held in Rotary Park this year due to COVID-19, however personal displays of remembrance are encouraged. Wreaths are available for purchase through the Poppy Campaign. (Cranbrook Townsman file)
Remembrance Day different, but not forgotten, says Cranbrook Legion

The Legion will not be hosting their traditional ceremony at the cenotaph this year

City council approved a zoning amendment to permit construction of a new apartment building.
Council approves zoning change for proposed apartment building

Cranbrook city council approved a rezoning application that would permit construction of… Continue reading

East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. Google maps photo
EKFH Starlite campaign to support youth mental health care centre

Together with the Ktunaxa Kinbasket Family and Child Services Society (KKFCSS), the… Continue reading

There has been COVID-19 exposures at two elementary schools in District 42. (Image courtesy CDC)
Interior Health reports 24 additional COVID-19 cases

This includes three school exposures in Kelowna

City Hall in Cranbrook.
Housing study identifies shifting demographics in Cranbrook

Gaps in Cranbrook’s housing stock include shifting demographics and a mismatch of… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

Every year, for the past three years, we have gone camping for Halloween weekend at HaHas Lake (pictured). This year we shall return for the last weekend of October. (Corey Bullock file)
Farm life: Another month come and gone

What I read, watched, listened to and made in October

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

Slippery roads led to this crash in West Trail on Friday morning. Photo: Trail RCMP
First snow in Kootenays causes multiple crashes; one suspected of involving alcohol

The Trail and Greater District RCMP’s weekly brief contains details on collisions

Pixabay photo
‘Horrific’ abuse of volunteers, staff by parents must stop: Chilliwack soccer club

Parents have become abusive after being told COVID-19 rules, email says

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

FILE – The Queen of Alberni ferry leaves the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Delta bound for Vancouver Island, Sunday, July 29, 2007. (CP PHOTO/Richard Lam) CANADA
Mechanical failure leaves nearly 200 passengers stranded on BC Ferries ship for hours

A tug arrived after dark to safely nudge the vessel into a berth so travellers could finally disembark

Ridge Meadows RCMP (Black Press)
Maple Ridge X-ray tech convicted of sexual assault dating back 30 years

Allen James Brooks is expected to be sentenced in January 2021

Most Read