FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many people may remember the program that the City of Fort St. John runs where if you bring items for the food bank, you could have tickets waived. Well, the Fort St. John Public Library will be continuing the tradition they themselves do every year.
Kerry France who is the Director of Library Services says people often have a stigma that if they have fines, they can’t use the library when that isn’t really the case.
“There tends to be a stigma that people stop using the library when they have fines and they fear that they are in trouble and that isn’t the case at all.”
France says they want people to continue to use the library. She notes that damaged and missing goods are of minimal concern to them compared to having people being able to use the library.
All you have to do is bring in non-perishable food item(s) and they will waive existing fines. Each non-perishable food item is worth up to $5 towards an existing fine.
All food items will go to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.
Overdue fines may be paid for with Food for Fines. Lost book fines for those which were lost more than one year ago are eligible for the Food for Fines program. Damaged item fines and fees may be paid for with Food for Fines.
For more information you can contact 250.785.3731 or contact the library through the online form.