CCPLMUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (12/13/19) — Muhlenberg County Public Libraries annual campaign, "Make it a December to Remember," is underway. 

Things happen, and library items sometimes late for return result in extra fees, librarians say.

For many years during the holidays, Harbin Memorial Library and Central City Public Library have been forgiving late fees by accepting nonperishable food item donations. Every nonperishable food item donated to the library will erase $1 off fines, librarians reported. Assistant librarians Rena Cobb and Cathy Gregory along with library director Janet Harris were busy today organizing food donations.

"The food goes straight to the family resource center and distributed to families," Harris said. "The nice thing about this program is, by bringing in food items, you are helping take care of somebody else. I think most people reaiize that we have many food insecure individuals in the county."

Another twist on the "Make it a December to Remember" theme is, If someone brings in a donation of food that does not have an outstanding balance, the donations will be applied to an account with a balance. That library patron will then be mailed a card explaining that a generous person has paid their fine, librarians explained.

Harris estimates that nearly $100 in fines were forgiven in this manner last year. The campaign is set to end Jan. 4.


Kathrine Newman Timmons

SurfKY News Reporter

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