Forget fines, New Castle County libraries will accept donated food

 (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

New Castle County libraries are giving back for the holidays by offering forgiveness for fees or fines up to $25, and by collecting food donations for those in need.

On Monday, the county began offering amnesty up to $25 per person for the first time during its “Food for Fines Week,” running through Sunday, Dec. 20, at county libraries.

The fees or fines can be forgiven for any patron who brings their library card and asks for amnesty at a county library branch. The forgiveness is expected to resume library privileges, including internet access, for those blocked after accumulating fines or fees of $5 or more.

Simultaneously, libraries will collect food donations to support AFSCME Local Union 459 Needy Family Fund’s annual food drive.

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“This concept demonstrates the county’s commitment to the community and the caring nature of our staff,” County Executive Thomas Gordon said in a statement.

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