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Library offers incentive to pay off fines

According to the Salvation Army of Adair County, need is the highest for these items after the holidays. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

The Adair County Library is offering a get out of "jail free card" for those who owe fines for late returns with its "2nd Annual Food for Fines" program.

“We collect canned goods and non-perishable food items, and donate those to the local Salvation Army," said Adair County Library Director Jami Livingston.

One dollar is forgiven for each item donated. Last year, the library received 1200 donations.

“That's $1200 worth of fines that we forgave," Livingston said.
"You would not believe how many people come in here and have hundreds of dollars on their fines," said library patron Samantha Stole, who formerly worked at the library.

The items will be collected until late December. According to The Salvation Army of Adair County, need is the highest for these items after the holidays.

"I can only imagine what I would feel like if my kids didn't have any food. Donate, donate, donate," Stole said.
"Part of the reason we do this too is because we have so many children and we have a lot of parents. If they get a fine that they can't afford, then they don't bring the kids back to the library," said Circulation Clerk Duretta Newman.

The program is also accepting donations for the Adair County Humane Society.

Items include:

Dry pet food

Cleaning supplies

Clean blankets

Clean towels

No-clump cat litter

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