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Out of the corner of your eye you spot it. You try not to make eye contact, but it can’t be helped. There it is, there’s that lonely library book you forgot to return three weeks ago sitting on your shelf. You’d love nothing more than to take it back, but with the fees already piling up, you’re a little afraid. We don’t blame you, but you know who’s not shaking in their boots? Bookworms who borrow things from one particular North Bay, ON, library.

In a bid to reduce students’ library fines and help the student food bank at the same time, the Harris Learning Library – which serves Nipissing University and Canadore College – is allowing students to pay their debts with food. Until February 16, one non-perishable food items equals $2 of library fines, to a maximum of $20, according to a local newspaper.

This is such a great idea and fortunately Harris Learning Library is not the first library to implement such a food drive. It turns out, many Canadian university and public libraries have their own “Food for Fines” campaigns each year.

Wondering whether your community is taking part? Just pop into your local library and ask the librarian. If not, maybe it’s time for you to start the movement!

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