The Williams County Public Library, with branches in Bryan, Edgerton, Edon, Pioneer, Stryker, and West Unity will be collecting food, mittens, scarves and other items during the holiday season in an effort to give back to the communities that support them. All branches will be holding a “Food for Fines” drive and the “Mitten Tree” program, which will run through the month of December. Any donations that are brought in to the libraries will remain in the community where they are donated and be given to local organizations that help those in need.
For the “Food for Fines” program, patrons who bring in boxed or canned, non-perishable food items will be given a “Food for Fines’ coupon good towards up to fifty cents off an overdue fine at the library for each item that they donate. Some possible suggestions of food items to be donated include: peanut butter, chunky soups, canned meats, canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, canned juice, hot and cold boxed cereals, macaroni and cheese mixes, pasta, pasta sauces, rice or noodle mixes, coffee, and teas. It is requested that items be in boxes or cans and not in glass containers. Other non-food items will also be accepted such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, tissues, hand soap, laundry and dish detergent, cleaning products, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, razors, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products.
For the Mitten Tree program, any patron who brings in a new item such as gloves, mittens, scarves, or hats to donate to charity will be given a coupon to pay off up to $1.00 in overdue fines. Please help us decorate our Mitten Trees and help those who are less fortunate!
The following restrictions will apply for the “Food for Fines” and “Mitten Tree” coupons. These coupons will not be valid toward the payment of lost or damaged items or toward the debt collect fee. These coupons will not be redeemable for cash, and no change or credit will be given if the fine being paid is less than the coupon value amount. The coupons will have an expiration date of March 31, 2016.
For questions or for further information on this program, please contact Kylee Matthews at 419-636-6734 ext. 274.