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NCCo libraries offer "Food for Fines" amnesty through this weekend

Delaware Public Media
All New Castle County libraries are offering “Food for Fines” amnesty through Sunday, forgiving late fees in exchange for assisting those struggling with hunger.";s:

If you’re a library patron in New Castle County and you have overdue items, you have a few days to receive library fine forgiveness.


New Castle County is offering its 4th Annual “Food for Fines” amnesty program through Sunday.

County Executive Matt Meyer says more than 181,000 Delawareans currently have a County library card and many people take advantage by taking out books, CDs and other items.

But Meyer says when you don’t return those items on time, you incur a fine.

“This week and this week only, for every $2 of fines you owe, you bring the item back with a can of food and your fine is reduced. Again, $2 for every can of food you bring. It’s food for the hungry through the Needy Family Fund program, promoted by our local Union 459,” Meyer said.

Meyer says “fine forgiveness” is offered for donations of up to 25 items or $50 dollars in fines.


“It’s a fantastic program. Every year we collect more and more food donations. And it helps people to bring their books back as well,” said Meyer.

He adds if you don’t have fines on your library account, but want to help feed the hungry - all New Castle County Libraries are accepting food donations from all members of the community.



Over the past two years, 1,300 New Castle County library card holders used the program to save over $6,500 in fines.


You can get information about Library branch locations and hours of operation here.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.