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From: Edward Nieto, Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist, 503-742-4334

05-13-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Libraries in Clackamas County collect more than 12,000 pounds of food, remove $12,000 in fines

Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) collected more than 12,000 pounds of food for local food banks during a Food for Fines drive held in celebration of National Library Week (April 12-18). Libraries waived $1 in overdue fines for every nonperishable nutritious food item that was donated, which resulted in the removal of more than $12,000 in fines from patrons' accounts.

All of the donated food items went to food banks in the communities where they were collected.

"Library patrons were very happy to be able to pay off their fines and help their communities at the same time," said Nancy Wittig, Circulation Supervisor for the Milwaukie Ledding Library. "Some patrons with outstanding fines had been waiting for this opportunity for a while and they are happy to be able to use library services once again."

In the past, the libraries have held their own Food for Fines events at different times of the year before joining together this year to help raise awareness of the need for food donations in the county.

There are a 13 public libraries in LINCC located throughout the county. For information about a library near you, visit www.lincc.org. Library cards are free for all residents.

For general information about LINCC, media may contact LINCC Member Services Librarian Kathryn Kohl at 503-723-4915 or kkohl@lincc.org.

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