Overdue library books? Pay your fine with food starting Nov. 4

From a Washoe County news release

It’s that time of year again: For three weeks this November you can get rid of overdue fines by helping those in need. From Nov. 4 to Nov. 25, patrons can bring cans or boxes of food to the library in lieu of fines to help feed the hungry.

Food barrels will be placed at library locations throughout Washoe County, and the food will be delivered to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. (Food brought to Incline Village Library will be donated to Project MANA.)

Library patrons are asked to bring one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials. Everyone is welcome to participate in this food drive that has delivered thousands of pounds of food to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA.

These food items are especially needed: canned meats, fish and peanut butter; macaroni and cheese and pasta meals; powdered milk, baby formula and baby food; complete meals in a can such as stew, chili, ravioli and hearty soups; canned fruits, juice and vegetables; and dry cereal, oatmeal, rice and pasta.

Last year we collected over 7,000 lbs of food. Help us top that number this year—now is the time to return library materials and help our community.

Food collection locations:

  • Downtown Reno Library, 301 S. Center Street, Reno, 327-8300.
  • Duncan/Traner Community Library 1650 Carville Drive, Reno, 333-5134.
  • Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 832-4130
  • North Valleys Library, 1075 North Hills Blvd. #340, Reno, 972-0281.
  • Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno, 787-4100.
  • Senior Center Library, 1155 E. 9th St., Reno, 328-2586.
  • Sierra View Library (Reno Town Mall), 4001 S. Virginia St., Reno, 827-3232.
  • South Valleys Library, 15650A Wedge Parkway, Reno, 851-5190.
  • Spanish Springs Library, 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, 424-1800.
  • Sparks Library, 1125 12th Street, Sparks, 352-3200.
  • Verdi Community Library and Nature Center, 270 Bridge St., Verdi, 345-8104.
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