Food for Fines is Back!

Have you been avoiding your Library because of overdue fines? Well, starting this Tuesday, November 12, you can give back to your community and pay off your late fees at the same time through Food for Fines, an exchange program in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. From November 12 until Sunday, December 15, drop off canned goods and non-perishable food items at the Library to waive your late fees.

No fine is too big and all materials are eligible. The only charges that cannot be waived are those incurred for lost or damaged items.

We will waive $1.00 in fines for each canned or non-perishable food item you bring to the Library. All donated items must carry their original packaging and labels. Second Harvest suggests cereal, rice, canned goods, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, and noodles. We cannot accept glass jars, home-canned food, packaging with holes, or baby formula.

Bring your donations to the Circulation Desk, where Library staff will inspect the items and then apply them toward your fees. For more details about Food for Fines, call Celeste Peck at (423) 434-4472.

Learn more about other Library programs and services by visiting, calling (423) 434-4450, or dropping by the Library at 100 West Millard Street. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

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