Food for Fines is Back!

Have you been avoiding the library because of overdue fines? Well, starting today, you can give back to your community and pay off your library fees at the same time! We are once again holding Food for Fines, an exchange program in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter. From now until Sunday, December 16, 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 library fines for each canned or non-perishable food item you bring in for Second Harvest. All donated food items must carry their original packaging and labels. The library cannot accept glass jars, home-canned food, or baby formula. In addition to “people” food, we will waive $1.00 in fines for every two cans of cat or dog food you bring. We are also accepting Puppy Chow and Kitten Chow. 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, contact Gina Thayer-Coleman at 423-434-4465.

To learn about the important work that Second Harvest Food Bank does in our community, visit And find more information about Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter at

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