‘Tis the Season (No, not that one)

By , November 9, 2011 11:02 am

by Stina McClintock

Hey folks!  I have some rather startling news.  Despite what some retailers might think, between Halloween and Christmas there is this rumored holiday called “Thanksgiving”.  (True story:  I was at Walmart at midnight this past weekend and they were playing Christmas music.  It wasn’t enough that I was at Walmart, but I had to listen to that awful Paul McCartney Christmas song while buying a ladder and light bulbs.)  Thanksgiving is the time when we stop and reflect on the things we are grateful for, whether it be friends, family or E! green-lighting another season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.  And even one library system is getting in the spirit by helping their fellow man.

In North Central Illinois, twelve libraries are collecting food in lieu of collecting fines from library patrons.  The “Food for Fines” program allows delinquent borrowers the option to bring in cans or boxes of food to pay down their debts, with one box or can being equal to $1 in fines.  In this case, the food will go to Illinois Valley, Putnam County, Mendota Area Christian and Hall Township food pantries.  Last year the program raised 480 pounds of food to ease the burden on families who have been hardest hit during these difficult economic times.

We librarians are a giving bunch and this is yet another example of how libraries give back to their communities.  And this is just my sneaky way of reminding everyone that there are local places that you can donate your time or food to as well so that everyone can enjoy that rumored holiday called Thanksgiving.

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