April is National Library Month. One way the Palmerton Area Library is planning on celebrating is to invite the community to support the Teen Advisory Group's (TAG) second annual Food for Fines program.
The idea is to get patrons to return overdue library materials.
If you have library materials (books, DVDs, etc.) that are overdue and you owe fines, for every non-perishable food item or toiletries you bring in between April 1-30, a dollar from your fine will be deducted for each item you donate.
Or if you just want to donate a non-perishable food item, that would be greatly appreciated also.
All items will be donated to Christian Action Council of Palmerton Churches (CACPAC). They are in need of cereal, rice, canned goods, soup, peanut butter, pasta and any other non-perishable foods as well as toiletries.
Last year the teen group collected enough food to fill the Jeep of advisor and library assistant director Mariann Kmetz.
"Hopefully this year we can fill two Jeeps," Kmetz said.
Sometimes people take out books or videos and they get misplaced or lost for a long period of time and people become too embarrassed to return them.
"We're not going to worry about your fines so much, we just want the library's property returned and all will be forgiven," says Kmetz. "This is a win-win for the library and the community.
In addition to the Food For Fines program, the teens are currently painting the library's book ends, "To make the library prettier and brighter," says TAG member Mikayla Dolsay.