Library clears fines in exchange for food donations during November

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – As the season of thanksgiving approaches, Teton County Library aims to give back to library patrons, who give for the good of the community.

Through the month of November, library cardholders may pay off their overdue fines for library materials by bringing non-perishable food items to the library’s service desks to be donated to the Jackson Cupboard. Items brought to the Alta Branch Library will be donated to the Teton Valley Food Pantry.

The amnesty program applies only to late fines and does not include fees for lost or damaged library materials or other library fees, such as the interlibrary loan fee.

Food donations may include sealed, store-purchased jars, cans or pastas. The Jackson Cupboard, located on the campus of St. John’s Episcopal Church, provides essential and nutritious food for community members in need. The library has been partnering with St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Cupboard since 2013 to offer free, nutritious snacks daily to children at the library after school and during the summer.

The timing of this annual amnesty program during the off-season is an intentional nod to the community. Says Angela Jordan, the library’s adult services manager, “Food for Fines creates a nice circle of locals helping locals.”

Last year during Food for Fines, the Jackson Branch collected 1,427 pounds of food, and the Alta Branch collected 202 pounds.

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