The Hays Public Library wants to forgive readers’ fines. This December, the Hays Public Library will be hosting its sixth annual Food for Fines initiative.

Beginning Friday, library patrons can bring non-perishable food items to the library in exchange for fine forgiveness. Each food item forgives $1 in fines. Food for Fines will run until Dec. 10. The food collected will be donated to the Community Assistance Center. Freewill donations also are accepted. All library departments will be participating in the program. Food for Fines does not apply to lost or damaged items, and extra items cannot be credited to a patron’s account.

Last year, approximately 500 food items were donated. 

“We’re in our sixth year of Food for Fines, and the program is highly anticipated every year,” said Luci Bain, communications coordinator at the Hays Public Library. “We hope that 2017 will be our most successful year yet.”

For more information, contact the library at (785) 625-9014.