BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont library is going to be letting patrons settle their overdue book fines with food donations to the local food shelf.
The Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls is starting the program on Thursday. It runs through the end of January.
The "modified fines amnesty" program will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of fines for overdue books.
The food item will be turned over to the Our Place Drop-in Center.
Library late fees are 10 cents per day, capped at $3.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports donations cannot be used to settle costs to replace lost items, pay for damaged materials or inter-library loans.
Youth Services Librarian Sam Maskell says the food-for-fines program is new to Rockingham, but it's been done at other libraries.
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