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

21 November 2019

Glenelg Libraries is offering a little forgiveness to its members this festive season with the return of the Food for Fines amnesty.

Over the next month, from Monday 25 November to Friday 20 December, monetary fines for late loans are being scrapped. Instead library users are requested to donate items during the period for those most in need in our community this Christmas.

The library is again partnering with the Portland Salvation Army and Casterton’s St Vincent de Paul to ensure donations are directed to those most in need.

Glenelg Libraries manager Yvette Parker said Food for Fines had been an overwhelming success last year with hundreds of donations provided, with some items also shared by those who didn’t have a fine pending.

“Charges relating to any overdue item will be forgiven over this four-week period in return for the donation of goods,” she said.

“Donated items can be non-perishable food with packaging intact and a best before date of 2020. Alternatively, Christmas gifts that are new and unwrapped will also be accepted.

“This is Glenelg Libraries little way of assisting those most in need in our community, but to also support our members. This is an opportunity for users to wipe the slate clean by giving a donation and start the year borrowing without a list of fines for late returns.

“We don’t care how old that loaned book might be – the fine will be scrapped if you return the item with a donation for these important charities who work tirelessly to support our community, particularly during this holiday season.”

Research shows that one in six Australian children live in poverty and one in five children won’t have enough to eat.
Salvation Army lieutenant Heather Stamp said sadly these statistics were evident locally.

“I strongly encourage people to take the opportunity to avoid their fine and know that their donation will go a long way in helping a local family, or someone in need, this Christmas,” she said.

“In particular, we’d love to see as many Christmas related items donated such as bon bons, mince pies, puddings, biscuits and long-life dairy products. These donations will ensure that every person can feel the joy of Christmas.”


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