CLINTON — The Clinton Public Library next week will trade fines for food.

In recognition of National Library Week, the library will host the Food for Fines charity drive from Monday through April 18. 

The library will accept non-perishable food items in exchange for fines on patrons’ accounts. For each item received, $1 will be credited to the account, with a maximum of $50 per person. 

No money will be exchanged and the program does not include replacement fees for lost, damaged and billed library items.

All donations will be distributed to local pantries and charitable organizations. Eligible food items include peanut butter (plastic jars only), canned fruits, meats, or vegetables, canned or boxed soups or meals, and cereals, rice, pasta, beans, and other dried goods. 

Items in glass jars or ones that are damaged, opened, repackaged, or expired, will not be accepted. Soda and candy will not be accepted.

Patrons can bring all donations to the main library beginning at 9 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m. April 18. 

For more information, contact Clinton Public Library Director Brad Wiles at 242-9115 or email


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