For National Library Week, the Harold D. Cooley Library will be offering patrons a chance to pay off overdue library fines with non-perishable food. From Monday, April 9, 2018 through Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Cooley Library will accept non-perishable food items from patrons to pay overdue fines on Cooley Library items.
Each food item donated will equal $1 in overdue fines. Monies owed to the library for other fines or lost items are not eligible for the food exchange.
The Cooley Library is located at 114 W Church Street, Nashville, North Carolina. According to the town website, the Cooley Library is open Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, and Saturday 9am-3pm.
Non-perishable foods collected during Food For Fines will be donated to nonprofit My Sister’s House, which serves in Nash and Edgecombe counties. My Sister’s House provides support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The nonprofit has locations in Nashville, Rocky Mount, and Tarboro, and are online at www.mshnc.org. My Sister’s House serves more than 6,000 meals each year in their shelter and to survivors living on their own.
Don’t owe the library any fines, but would like to donate food items? Everyone is invited to drop off non-perishable food donations at the library throughout Food For Fines week.
What are non-perishable foods? Foods that can sit on a shelf and no not require refrigeration or freezing. In general, food pantries prefer canned and boxed foods over those packaged in glass or canned at home. Some examples (not an inclusive list):
- canned meats / tuna
- peanut butter
- snacks — canned nuts, dried fruit
- nuts and snacks
- canned vegetables or fruits
- canned soups
- boxes of pasta
- pasta sauce
- canned or powdered milk
- baby formula
- rolled oats
- canned juices
- bags of dried beans / peas
- bags of rice / grains
- apple sauce / jelly
- staples — cooking oil, flour, sugars, honey, bouillon cube, etc.
Catch up on your overdue library fines and help to feed locals in need.
Library information is on the town website at www.townofnashville.com/library-info. The Town of Nashville is in Nash County NC, near the city of Rocky Mount.
Source: Lou Bunch, Town of Nashville
Ed. Note: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 is National Library Workers Day. Be sure to thank the staff who help you while you’re visiting the Cooley Library.