Just in case you've forgotten to return those borrowed library books in a timely manner or you cleaned out a storage area and uncovered books checked out decades ago, you're in luck. The Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder St., will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of library fines Dec. 6-11.
One item of food equals either $1 for an adult fine or 50 cents for a juvenile fine. The food will not count towards damaged or lost items or towards other fees; it is just good for overdue fines. The library is accepting small cans of tuna, dry pasta, cans of pasta sauce and boxed dinners such as hamburger and tuna helper as that is what the local food bank needs -- especially macaroni and cheese. The library can't accept perishable food, items in glass jars or candies.
Walla Walla Public Schools' annual Holiday Food Drive begins today and runs through Dec. 17, according to the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.
All food donations will replenish local supplies through the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank.
Collection sites are at all Walla Walla Public Schools, the school district office, 364 S. Park St., and Providence St. Mary Medical Center. They're collecting non-perishable items such as tuna, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and pasta.
WWPS school buses will be at area grocery stores for the Fill the Bus event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Albertsons, Harvest Foods, Super 1 Foods and Plaza Safeway.
The food drive chairwomen are Christina Price-Huntington, Pioneer Middle School para-educator, 509-527-3050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Lori Finn, Lincoln Alternative High School teacher, 509-527-3083 or e-mail: email@example.com.
With budget belt-tightening in high gear, the Walla Walla Public Library is getting creative.
"During this tough budget time, we cannot afford to buy all the second copies of popular books, or replacement items that we need so we're calling on our library customers to consider donating through the 'me-first' program," said Beth Hudson, interim library director.
Through the program, the library can list what it needs under its account at amazon.com,
Each item is deleted once it is purchased, Beth said.
"When you buy us a book (or DVD) the item will be sent to us along with your name - we'll put a rush service on that item to get it library-ized - then call you: You're first. You read it first and then it is returned to the library for the next person."
Find out more at amazon.com : click on Gifts Wish Lists; at the next screen, type in Walla Walla Public Library, choose an item from the list, purchase it and wait for the library to let you know when it's ready and waiting for you.
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