Food for Fines all April long
Every April, the Fond du Lac Public Library buzzes with activity. April is the time to celebrate National Library Week (April 9-15) and Money Smart Week (April 22-29). It’s a time for programming, learning and having fun. At the Fond du Lac Public Library, it’s also a time for fine forgiveness.
All April long, the library will be offering Food for Fines: the library will waive $1 in fines for each donation of a nonperishable food item. Only food with expiration dates after June 1, 2017, will be accepted, and some less-expensive foods, such as ramen, will be credited at 25 cents each. Food for Fines donations are good for any money owed to the library, no restrictions. The collected food will be donated to Fond du Lac food pantries.
National Library Week has been celebrated across the country since 1958, when it was started by the American Library Association over concerns that people were spending too much time with radio and television. Over the years, it evolved into a celebration of the contributions made to the country by all libraries – public, school and academic.
Money Smart Week Wisconsin is an initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. The one-week campaign promotes the importance of financial literacy and provides hundreds of financial education events and courses. The full list of Money Smart Week programs in Fond du Lac is available at www.fdlpl.org/MSW.
Food for Fines donations will be accepted at both library locations: Main Library, 32 Sheboygan St., and FDLPL Express, near Festival Foods.