The Berkshire Athenaeum will offer a modified fines amnesty from Thursday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 30. During this four-week period, 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. 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. However, the replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food.
During the amnesty period, in addition to food brought in lieu of fines, the Athenaeum will encourage general donations of food not associated with overdue library books.
All donated food will be turned over to the Rotary Club of Pittsfield as part of their annual food collection drive that distributes non-perishable food to area food banks providing services to area needy.