As part of its celebration of National Library Week, the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library, will offer a modified fines amnesty from Monday, April 11, through Saturday, April 16. During this time the library will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books.
Collection boxes are located at the Adult Circulation Desk and at the Children’s Service Desk. When “paying” off a fine with donated food items, please alert a staff librarian before depositing food into a box.
Food is accepted for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation as well as 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, 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 food pantries in Pittsfield.