The Invercargill City Libraries is hosting an event unlike any other - an amnesty but with a twist.
To support the Salvation Army Food Bank, the Library is offering to erase any overdue fines when people bring in their ‘lost’ books with a can of food or a toiletry item.
Outreach Librarian Kirsty Graham said people with overdue fines in general could also have their fines erased depending on how many cans of food or a toiletry items they brought in to the Library.
“Each item they bring in to donate to the Food Bank can be used to waive up to $5 of their fines.
“This is for such a great cause and we are excited to be involved in making a difference,” Ms Graham said.
Ms Graham said many people think they are not welcome back to the library because they have long over due books.
“The Amnesty is a positive way to offer people a chance to wipe the slate clean. The library is fast become a social place to meet and visit friends and family. We have some fabulous programmes happening here, and we don’t want people to miss out on our services just because they have overdue fines.”
This amnesty starts today and is being held for just one week, Library Week, August 13 to 19 August.
“Library Week is a great way for the library to show off the services that are being offered.
“We are a living room for the city and have many great things for everyone to discover and enjoy.”