Food for Fines program under way this week at Queen Creek library

The Queen Creek Branch Library is at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. The Food for Fines program runs through July 19.

The Queen Creek Branch Library is at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road. The Food for Fines program runs through July 19.

Queen Creek Branch Library customers who owe library fines can get as much as $50 forgiven July 12-19 through the Maricopa County Library District’s Food for Fines program.

Customers can bring in nonperishable food items to any district library for credit of $2 per item. A maximum of $50 can be waived, according to a press release.

“Food for Fines benefits everybody,” Steve Chucri, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in a press release. “This is a creative way for library customers to reduce or eliminate fines while helping our community and neighbors.”

Fees associated with lost or damaged items will not be waived. Only overdue fines and restocking fees are eligible for the program, according to the release. Food for Fines has the potential to reduce some of these charges and bring past customers back into libraries who are otherwise excluded because of delinquent accounts.

In keeping with the Maricopa County Reads Summer Reading Program theme — “Every hero has a story” — the Food for Fines program gives customers the ability to become community heroes by providing food to those in need while simultaneously getting their library accounts back in good standing. Collected food items will be donated to local food banks via the Maricopa County Human Services Department.

Customers can drop off their food items for credit at any Maricopa County Library District library through July 19. The Queen Creek branch is at 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.

For a list of other county libraries and addresses, visit the library district’s website.

Queen Creek Branch Library, at the northwest corner of Ellsworth and Ocotillo roads, is designed to provide a gathering place for people of all ages. It includes the Mary Lou Fulton Children’s Center, Teen Oasis, general reading areas, public computers, study rooms, conference rooms and town recreation programming space, according to the town’s website.

Completed in November 2008, the library was the first municipal building in Queen Creek designed and constructed with green building features and has been Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The library was featured in the January 2009 edition of “Cities Go Green” magazine, a publication that focuses how local governments can become sustainable as quickly and effectively as possible.

The Queen Creek Branch Library provides materials in all formats as well as adult and juvenile programming.

Free library cards are issued to residents or property owners in Maricopa County. Non-residents who live outside Maricopa County must pay a fee to obtain a card.

Library hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, according to the town’s website. Its phone number is 602-652-3000.

The Queen Creek Independent publishes a daily newsletter and website. A print edition is mailed each month to 24,000 homes.

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