Next month, the Santa Clarita Public Library will partner with the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry to launch the first-ever Food for Fines program which allows patros to donate one food item to waive up to $20 of overdue library fines or replacement card fees.

When the donations are counted, the proceeds will be turned over to the Santa Clarita Food Pantry, a local non-profit that works to collect and distribute food to those in need in the community. Each Santa Clarita Public Library branch will have a collection barrel sitting near its circulation desk. Patrons will be encouraged to donate as many food items and non-food items as they wish; $20 is the maximum fee that will be waived per account.

“For one month, Food for Fines allows us to give patrons an additional way to settle overdue fines and replacement card fees that they may not otherwise be able to afford,” said Kelly Behle, city librarian. “Besides contributing to feeding our community, the program will help provide patrons access to library services who may at the moment feel like they can’t because of their fines.”

The Santa Clarita Public Library asks that patrons review the “needed items” list on the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry website (SCVFoodPantry.org) which lists the requested food and non-food items.

For more details, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com, or call Stacy Schlesinger, public relations/marketing coordinator with the Santa Clarita Public Library, at (661) 799-6136. You may e-mail her at SSchlesinger@santaclaritalibrary.com.