As part of its celebration of National Library Week, the Berkshire Athenaeum will offer a modified fines amnesty Monday through Saturday, April 11 to 16. During this time the library will accept non perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books.

Food will be collected in boxes located at the Adult Circulation Desk and at the Children's Service Desk. All donated food will be distributed to food pantries in Pittsfield.

When "paying" off a fine with a donated food item, a staff librarian should be alerted prior to depositing the item into the collection boxes.

Food will be accepted not only for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation, but also may be applied to outstanding overdue fines from other transactions.

The replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food.

During the amnesty period, the Athenaeum will encourage general donations of food not associated with overdue library books.