With the school season kicking off and summer reading programs coming to an end, it's the perfect time to start thinking about how to draw more patrons into your library. A great way that libraries across the country are getting patrons to come back is by implementing a Food for Fines Program at their library.
Food for Fines Programs offer an excellent opportunity for the patrons, the community and the library, and I'll tell you why. The patrons are happy because they are able to reduce their overdue book fees that may have been looming over them. The community is thriving because you are collecting much needed items to donate to the local food pantry. And it works wonders for the library because you will draw in patrons who may have not returned otherwise due to overdue fees, and you will be able to give back to your community.
You control the Food for Fines Program which gives you the flexibility to decide how much in fees you want to waive. The program forgives $1.00 of overdue book fees for each non-perishable food item donated. But you can easily implement a maximum fee forgiveness. The program also only forgives overdue fees, so any lost or damage fees will still apply.
If you are interested in implementing a Food for Fines Program at your library, we have created excellent resources to help you get started. Flyers, FAQs and Graphics that will launch a fun and rewarding Food for Fines Program in your community:
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