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MEDIA RELEASE - Tis the season for forgiveness at the Glenelg Libraries

4 December 2018

Glenelg Library members will once again have the chance to show their support for the community this Christmas and have their overdue fees waived following the return of the Food for Fines campaign.

Due to the overwhelming generosity and goods delivered to charities throughout the shire last year, the Glenelg Libraries will offer the Food for Fines amnesty this festive season. During the month of December, members can have their overdue fines forgiven by donating gifts or non-perishable items.

Library and Information Services Manager Yvette Parker said the initiative was a great way for library members with overdue fines to wipe the slate clean and help out those most in need this festive season.

“As part of the campaign members can contribute non-perishable food items or unwrapped gifts for people in need of support. In turn, if the donors have library overdue fines then Glenelg Libraries would waive these fees in acknowledgement of their generosity,” she explained.

“It is great way for library members to give back to the local community, as well as providing an opportunity for those with long-term overdue fines a chance to reconnect with their local library again.”

Ms Parker said she hoped to see similar donation numbers following the campaign’s success in 2017.

“We were simply blown away by the amount of donations we received during last year’s Food for Fines, the generosity and support of the local community was wonderful to see,” she reflected.

“We hope that this year will be just as successful and I encourage all Glenelg Libraries members to make the most of the chance to have their overdue fees forgiven and help those most in need this Christmas.”

The Food for Fines initiative will be offered at Glenelg Libraries branches in Portland, Heywood and Casterton from 1 December – 22 December 2018.

Glenelg Libraries will partner with Salvation Army, Portland and St Vincent de Paul, Casterton to ensure the donated goods reach those most in need within our communities.

Donated items can be non-perishable food with packaging intact and a best before date of 2019 or Christmas gifts that are new and unwrapped.

Donations will not be required to match the total of overdue account fees. Charges on members’ cards relating to lost or damaged items will not be included
within the promotion.

For further information, or to donate an item today, please contact your local Glenelg Libraries branch.

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