Naperville Library Trades Food for Fines
Byline: Susan Greenwood Naperville Public Library By Susan Greenwood Naperville Public Library
Naperville Public Library is conducting a Food for Fines Drive in support of Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry through Monday, July 23.
The library will waive $1 in fines for every item of nonperishable food brought to any of its three library locations, up to a maximum of $20 per card. Freewill donations also are appreciated.
"We are very excited to again partner with Loaves and Fishes. Having a summer drive is perfect because our Summer Reading Program is themed 'Reading is So Delicious!' As soon as we heard about the theme, we immediately thought of them," said Chris Murray, drive coordinator and 95th Street Library circulation services supervisor.
As she coordinated the project with Loaves and Fishes, Murray learned about the organization's summer emphasis -- nutrition for school kids.
"Since school isn't in session now, many Naperville children who receive breakfast and lunch at school are missing out," Murray said. "Last summer, Loaves and Fishes served 3,043 students between the ages of 5 and 18. …