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Have a library fine? Donate these items to get them forgiven

Posted at 6:08 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 18:09:02-04

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Madison Public Library is partaking in "Food for Fines" for a week in April, but there's a twist.

From April 8-12, you can get $2 of your overdue library fines forgiven for every taxable item you bring in.

Those items include paper products, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and other hygiene items.

The library will then donate the products to the Madison Food Center.

There is a $40 fine forgiveness maximum per library card for taxable item donations, said library director Dee Culbertson.

"We know the food center does not get taxable items such as hygiene and paper products via the food banks that help them, so we'd love for people to donate those valuable things," Culbertson said.

The resident can also bring in nonperishable food items.

Each food item will net a person $1 in fine forgiveness, up to $20.

"Last year, we saw patrons bringing in items to donate and giving the fine forgiveness credit to the next person in line or to the next patron to come in -- paying it forward," she added. "We love our community's big heart."

Donations can be used to forgive overdue fees, not lost item replacement costs or collections referral fees.

The Madison library is at 6111 Middle Ridge Road in Madison Township in Lake County.