The library is sponsoring its seventh “Food for Fines” food drive during August. In the past six years, 1179 food items and $566.98 cash donations have been received while $1558.89 in library fines have been waived. The food and cash received during the drive will be donated to the Northern Rice County Food Bank. Food items must carry their original packaging and labels and must be in usable condition — undamaged, unopened, and with an unexpired date. Suggested food items include canned goods, dry goods, and miscellaneous items like peanut butter, jelly, syrup and cooking oil. Everyone is invited to clear fines and benefit the community. For each non-perishable food item donated, the library will reduce an existing or new fine by $1. Bring in 20 items and a fine is reduced by $20. No fine is too big. A fine may also be paid with cash and the money will be donated to the food bank. Fees for lost or damaged materials are not covered by the program. Don’t have fines, but want to participate? Simply make a food or cash donation. The “Food for Fines” campaign will run from August 1st to August 31st.