INDEPENDENCE-MONMOUTH -- The Independence and Monmouth public libraries will host their annual "Food For Fines" event during National Library Week, April 16-21.
Library users may pay off outstanding library fines and help the community at the same time by donating items needed by the Ella Curran Food Bank.
All food items must be in good condition and have their original labels.
Each of these nonperishable and commercially canned or packaged items may be donated to reduce library fines by $1: any size peanut butter, canned or dried beans and powdered milk; 13-ounce or larger pasta products (no Ramen noodles, please), canned fruits or vegetables, soup, chili, and hot or cold cereals; 6-ounce or larger nuts, canned meats and cooking oil.
Food may be delivered during regular library hours at 175 Monmouth St. in Independence or 168 Ecols St. S. in Monmouth.
Some special fees or charges for lost library materials may not be reduced through the Food for Fines program.
For library hours or more information: Independence library at 503-838-1811 or Monmouth library at 503-838-1932.