Columbus Public Library is giving back for the holidays all week this week . . . in more ways than one.
The week of December 9-14, the library is celebrating Fine Forgiveness and Food Drive Week. During that time, everyone is encouraged to come in and request that their overdue fines be removed, and the library will happily oblige. “We know that overdue fines can be a barrier to using the library, and we want to do all we can to remove barriers,” said Library Director Cindy Fesemyer. Fees for lost or damaged items will remain, but patron overdue fees will be waived. Fesemyer notes that “this gives people a chance to start the year with a clean slate.”
In conjunction with the week of fine forgiveness, the library will also host a food drive to benefit the Columbus – Fall River Food Pantry, which is housed in the Columbus Senior Center. The library will accept donations of non-perishable food items throughout the week. Hosting the fine forgiveness week and food drive simultaneously seems like a natural pairing. “As the library works to give back to the community in December, we hope that the spirit of goodwill will rub off on others,” said Library Assistant Patti England. The holiday season is a time when food items are in high demand, and the library is happy to partner with the pantry to support the Columbus community’s needs.