Old Bridge, NJ –  Jan. 16, 2020 –  With a theme of “New Year, New Beginnings,” the Old Bridge Public Library will offer a “Food for Fines” program which will allow patrons the opportunity to return overdue material or clear up an outstanding balance on their library card by donating food for the Old Bridge Food Bank.

The initiative will run from Sunday, January 26th through Saturday, February 1st, 2020, and is valid for Old Bridge Library card holders only. The maximum fine forgiveness is $25 per card holder and applies only to overdue or lost fees. Collection agency fees must still be paid by Library patrons. For each food item donated, the Library will deduct $1 from fees owed.  Only unopened, non-perishable, unexpired food items will be accepted.

 “Our goal is two-fold – to help increase donations for the Food Bank, and to help patrons who don’t utilize the Library because their accounts are blocked because of money owed,” explained Library Director Michael Bobish.  “We expect this initiative will be very well-received and we plan on launching a similar program during our Summer Reading kick-off in June as well.”

Patrons should bring their donations to the circulation desk. For additional information, please go to: www.oldbridgelibrary.org or call 732-721-5600 x5010.

The Old Bridge Public Library has consistently been voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about this and other Library programs is available at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch (temporarily closed) is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.


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