NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)-- Strapped for cash and have piles of overdue library books? A library in New London has come up with a solution.
This is the fourth year the library has allowed folks to pay their book fines with food and it's helping families in a lot of different ways.
If you don't have the cash, don't worry. For the month of September you can bring a can or other non perishable to clear up fines at the Public Library of New London, no matter how much they are.
"The idea that well you could give food, which is not as expensive as a fine. So you're clearing your card and also getting to help community by donating food," said Suzanne Maryeski, Public Library of New London.
All donations go to the New London Food Pantry which serves about a thousand families each month.
"The timing is really great because right now, like I said, is one of our lean times," said Bob Lavoie, New London Food Pantry.
The program also helps folks who depend on the library.
Mayeski says a lot of the folks who are not able to use their cards because of the fines, were families, so that means children weren't able to take out books. She says this is a great way for those families to clear the fines and let the kids start using their cards again.
Especially during this national library card month.
"This way we can just clear it off, start new, borrow the books. That's what we're all about is getting the books and materials into hands of people and this other thing is just to get people to bring them back," said Maryeski.
You can't pay your fine with food for lost or damaged books, just late ones. Folks say some people pay their fine with cash and also donate food just to help out.
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