Sylvan Lake Library staff waved a total of $276 in overdue fines as part of Food for Fines, the library’s annual community support program held throughout the month of November.
Non-perishable food donations were collected in lieu of fines, with all proceeds going to the Sylvan Lake Food Bank. Each donation counted as $2 towards paying down late fines.
With late fees charged at a rate of 25 cents per day for every late item, fines can quickly add up, say library staff. Fines reach a maximum of $10 before patrons lose borrowing rights.
Library technician Tammy Montague said the program provides a positive way for patrons to make up their fines while supporting an important cause. Each year, it proves popular among those who use it, she added.