Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 9, 2013

Turn in food to pay library fines

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – The Greensburg Public Library will be holding a Food for Fines program where those with overdue books can waive $1 in existing overdue fines for each item donated from the accepted foods list.

All food collected between Oct. 30 and Nov. 30 will be donated to the Daily News Cheer Fund for delivery on Christmas Eve morning in food packages, along with the toys and other items for needy families.

Foods must be on the accepted foods list to count against fines. To view the list of accepted foods, please visit Only non-perishable items on the list will be accepted. Unfortunately, unapproved canned goods cannot be accepted. Brand name items are not required.

The program only applies to fees for overdue items checked out at the Greensburg or Westport library branches. Donated goods will not apply towards lost or damaged library items and cannot be applied as credit toward future fines. However, individuals without overdue fines are welcomed and encouraged to donate as well.

With up to 60 percent of local community children on the free or reduced lunch program, many of them face the prospect of going hungry over Christmas vacation. Cheer Fund recently decided to switch from providing a single traditional holiday meal to delivering several days worth of easy to prepare “snackable” food that children can prepare for themselves.

The change has been very well received by the families getting the food packages on Christmas Eve morning and the children seem to enjoy being able to make something on their own. For more information about the Food for Fines program, please contact Lori Durbin at the Greensburg Public Library by calling 812-663-2826 or by email at

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004