Monday, 07 November 2016 21:07

@ Your Library November 2016

Written by: Brittany Emerson


It’s time to break out the shopping carts at the Russell County Public Library. This signifies the beginning of the holiday season as our annual “Food for Fines” effort gets under way. When you see a shopping cart near the entrance of each RCPL location, you know it’s time to open your cupboards and give to God’s Food Pantry while getting a break on your library fines in the process.


The Russell County Public Library has been offering “Food for Fines” for more than five years and is proud to collect several shopping carts full of nonperishable food items annually to give to the local God’s Food Pantry organization.

In fact, so many food items were collected last year that it took staff members two trips of two car loads per trip to deliver the items.
“Food for Fines” begins annually in November and continues until December 17. When you bring in non-perishable food items to the library, we will gladly waive $1.00 in current fines for each can or package. We ask that these food items be clean, in good condition, and not past their expiration dates. Basically, we need to make sure these items will be usable by God’s Food Pantry.

It is important to note that “Food for Fines” only applies to overdue charges. We cannot waive any lost or damaged item fees.


This time each year reminds us that our patrons have such generous, caring hearts. In addition to those who participate in “Food for Fines,” there are additional patrons who bring wonderful food item donations but do not have overdue fines. They simply want to give.


This is just one of the many reasons we are so proud of our community. We are thankful to serve a community full of people who give beyond what is asked of them.

To our community, thank you. This Thanksgiving and all year long, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you.


What’s Happening 

-          Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, the RCPL has two handmade quilts we will be giving away. The contest is open to children up through sixth grade who may enter each time they check out five books.

-          Family Nature Club will meet at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Russell County Public Library branch in Russell Springs. This month’s topic is “Nocturnal.”

@ Your Library is a monthly feature column provided by the Russell County Public Library. The RCPL can be reached at (270) 343-READ or (270) 866-READ.

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